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Gathered worship at St Mary's
Following the latest updates, we are delighted to be able to welcome you back to St Mary's for services from Sunday, 6th December. We will also continue our online services wherever possible. For more details, do check our Services and Events page.
To keep you and your fellow worshippers safe when visiting St Mary's, please take a moment to read the information below.
- please wear a face mask or other face covering inside the church and throughout the services;
- observe social distancing throughout your time in church and in the churchyard;
- use the sanitiser provided on entry and before you leave;
- comply with "Track & Trace" requirements. Please use the NHS app on your phone to check in, using the QR code in the porch. If you do not have a mobile phone with the app, please complete a form on entry and post it in the box provided;
- sit in one of the pews that have not been taped off, and where instructed to do so by the Churchwarden. Please remain in your seat;
Do please read the COVID-19 notices in church and follow social distancing guidelines. In particular, please make sure there is no one in the porch before entering.
Please do not come to St Mary's if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, or think you may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Do check back regularly for the latest St Mary's updates and keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Stay safe and keep well.
With every blessing.
The Church of England Covid-19 webpage has the most current advice. There are links here to more detailed information and prayers for use during this time.
Bishop Paul’s video messages on the coronavirus pandemic.
The Church of England Online - links to recent video services and other resources including:
- Today's prayer from the Church of England
- A service of daily prayer - listen to Prayer during the Day and Night Prayer, each day
- The Time to Pray App - Services of Daily Prayer, Psalms and readings from Common Worship
- Coronavirus Liturgy - Special prayers, intercessions and liturgy for COVID-19
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
The Community at Taizé is live streaming their Evening Prayer on Facebook at 7.30 each evening (20.30 CET). The Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, both Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty countries.
Some things to keep you occupied while you remain at home.
Follow a three-hour narrow boat trip along the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.
There's no dialogue, no locks, no dogs accidentally falling into the water; just a narrowboat travelling slowly from Blisworth to Weedon. I've been told that an hour into the journey you see a heron!
For the Harry Potter fans, you can explore the fascinating world of Harry Potter from the safety of your home right now, thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and Google Arts & Culture.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic has a wealth of material, including immersive explorations of various aspects of the wizarding world, such as potions, magical creatures, the journey to Hogwarts and the Ripley Scroll – which depicts how the philosopher’s stone was made.
Small Island, the National Theatre’s epic, sold-out production of Andrea Levy’s novel traces the history between Jamaica and the UK through WWII to 1948. It is streaming until 7pm on 25 June.
Full details here: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home
Audible is making hundreds of audio books available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
Some activities for children from Home Start.
Free short online learning courses from Future Learn. (The course called Discovering Dentistry sounds really interesting!).
And for a real waste of time - there is a selection of free Microsoft games (you just need to ignore the occasional adverts) that you can download to your laptop or phone from the Microsoft Store. These include:
Free Courses In England specialises in education and training that supports the needs of employers and learners.
Nottinghamshire Library members can access a range of online items for free.
For each service you will need to log on using your library number and password. Instructions are given on the main pages.
You can now log on to the Ancestry Library Edition from home. Again, use your library number and password to log on. This version of Ancestry doesn't allow you to create a family tree, but it does allow you to search archives across the world for records - not just UK and Ireland. Note it doesn't allow access to the full records in Scotland as you still have to pay the Scottish government for those!
If you have links to other free resources in which you think people would be interested, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.