Coronavirus

Last Updated: 11:00, Mon 29 June

Following the government's announcement that church services may re-commence from 4th July, we are awaiting further guidance from the Church of England (the latest of which is available here) before deciding how we will proceed. 

While we long to gather in-person again, we are very concerned to do so in a way that is safe, and which does not unintentionally exclude any members of our church community. We will be consulting church members and others over the next week or so about what their concerns around returning to physical church gatherings. Please sign up for our weekly email updates for more information about this consultation process.

Sunday Worship

Though we are unable to gather as a Church community, we are live-streaming a service of Morning Prayer each Sunday morning on our YouTube channel. Please do join us from 10:20am; the service will begin at 10:30.

During the service, we run a Sunday School via Zoom video chat, for children up to age 11: Bible stories, games, singing, colouring, craft, and time for the children to say hello and share what they've been up to during the week. All our Zoom meetings are protected with a password and Zoom's waiting room function, and all our Sunday School leaders are DBS checked. Please get in touch for more information about joining in.

After the service, we gather via Zoom to greet each other and socialise. Details of these Zoom meetings are available on each service's live-stream page. For help getting onto Zoom, please click here. We also send out details about all our Sunday gatherings, and other events, in our weekly email update; sign up here.

Finding Out More

There has never been a better time to explore the begin questions of life and faith, and though we can't gather physically to do so, we would love to invite you to an online enquirers' group running over Zoom. If you are interested in spending some time thinking about the Christian faith and its relevance to life today, particularly in the midst of COVID-19, then please fill in this short form to let us know what may be of interest to you.

Staying in Touch

We have set up 3 email lists to help us stay in touch with one another, support the most vulnerable amongst us, and work towards a wider support effort in our community: a weekly email update with 'headline' information, a daily email sharing news for prayer and giving details about daily prayer gatherings online (via video chat), and a more ad-hoc email to coordinate practical support – i.e. connecting up those in need of help (through sickness, financial hardship, self-isolation, etc.) with those able to offer help. If you would like to join any of these lists, please fill in this form. Anyone can opt in and out of receiving any of these emails at any time.

Prayer

By far our most important response as a Church family is to pray to our sovereign, good and powerful Father in Heaven.

If you are worried about coronavirus and would like someone to pray with you, please email prayer@edgbastonoldchurch.org.uk.

We continue to urge our church family to pray every day at 12:30; see our daily email (available through the contact form) for details of our online gathering for this purpose.

Here is a prayer you might want to use yourself:

Lord Jesus, when you walked on earth
you healed the sick and stilled the storm;
We look upon our world and see its frailty and weakness.
We ask that you would look kindly on us,
Please help all who are sick and all who are confined
Please help all medical teams and care workers,
Please comfort the afraid, and those worried for their loved ones
Give us all faith above fear.
As we weep at sickness on earth,
May it remind us we are made for a new creation with you.
Amen. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns, or if you need any help or assistance.