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St Mary's Church Services

It is with sadness that, due to the rapidly rising Covid19 infection rates, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend all communal worship at St Mary's for the coming weeks.  We feel that this is the most responsible thing to do, for the safety of us all.  

We will continue to offer services online as often as possible.

The Church will be open for private prayer for  2 hours from 10.00 am until 12.00 midday Wednesdays and Sundays.  

To keep you and others safe when visiting St Mary's, please :

  • comply with "Test & Trace" requirements. 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 paper form on entry and post it in the box provided.
  • use the sanitiser provided on entry and before you leave.
  • wear a face mask or other face covering inside the church.
  • observe social distancing in the church and in the churchyard.
  • sit in one of the pews that have not been taped off.
  • please do not visit if have symptoms of Covid19 or have been in contact with someone who has.

Please, stay safe, keep well and keep in touch!

Check this website regularly for the latest St Mary's updates and keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

With every blessing. 

Revd Trevor, the Churchwardens & the PCC  

 

Filmed Services

We continue to explore ways of supporting worship from home, during these challenging times,

including filmed services.  You can watch all filmed services again, by clicking here

 

 

Religious Resources

church of england logoThe 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

 

daily hope logoThe 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.

 

taize logoThe 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.

 

Other Links

Some things to keep you occupied while you remain at home.

grand union canal

Relax and unwind as you 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. 

On the National Trust YouTube channel, you can go behind the scenes at Beatrix Potter's fomer home in the Lake District, learn how to make the perfect cottage loaf or sausage roll or even go on a coastal walk - all without leaving your armchair!

 

For something to get you moving, why not try following one of the Body Coach workouts.  Joe Wicks offers online exercise routines for all ages, even seniors.

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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.

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Some activities for children from Home Start.

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Free short online learning courses from Future Learn. (The course called Discovering Dentistry sounds really interesting!).

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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:

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Microsoft Mahjong
  • Microsoft Ultimate Word Games (some of the answers are a bit American, but Word Twister is good if you like anagrams)
  • Microsoft Jigsaw (the advantage being that it doesn't take over the dining room table - but it is best on a large monitor)
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Free Courses In England specialises in education and training that supports the needs of employers and learners.

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Nottinghamshire Library members can access a range of online items for free.

  • eMagazines - 150 titles that you can read on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • eNewspapers - PressReader allows you to access all your favourite publications in one place, along with the opportunity to discover new content from around the globe. 
  • eAudio - Over 13,000 titles are available from 3 different suppliers, with more added each month. You can borrow up to five books at a time, from each supplier, for up to 21 days.

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 info@plumtree.church.

 

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