Coronavirus

Coronavirus


ALTHOUGH OUR CHURCH BUILDINGS HAVE TO BE CLOSED FOR THE TIME BEING,
WE AT ST JAMES'S CONTINUE TO BE ALIVE AND ACTIVE FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Our faith in God is undiminished; public worship may be suspended; but the life of God's kingdom is inextinguishable

"The Church continues to be alive and active, but in London our buildings must close. London is seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must physically distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, St James's Church and all church buildings in the Diocese of London are now closed. To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips." Diocese of London. 

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”

The church building is opening again for personal prayer

The church building will be open for individual visits on 2 days this week 10.00 until noon. Visitors will need to book in advance (like other public places) - and give their name and contact details (in case of infection). We are asking people to wash hands on entry and wear a face covering and follow guidance about social distancing.  Bookings can be made from these links by ordering 'tickets'. 
Bookings can be made here by signing up for a ticket: Tuesday 30 June | Friday 3 July
Ring Derek if you are stuck but it is quite easy and even easier in the ChurchSuite app!

Giving

During this time we still have many expenses and a major part of our income, hall rental, has fallen away.
So all your gifts are really appreciated. If you would like to make a gift online then we have a special weblink for donations: Click here to give securely.

Worship online 

We are continuing to offer two complementary worship services on Sundays.
9.30 Streaming on Facebook Live. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch services live or later. This service includes a reading, a sermon, intercessions and communion. Look for the red LIVE box from just before 9.30 which will mark this Sunday's service. The same service will be uploaded to YouTube but there is an extra dimension watching together (and commenting) which is done better in Facebook. 

After the service come over to Zoom for a 'coffee'. Drop in for a chat with friends old and new. 
11.00 folk are welcome to join before their service starts. At 10.55 Derek will ask those who don't want to stay for the service to move on. 

11.00 Together on Zoom. Our All Age Service has transferred to the Zoom platform for the usual stories and songs. To enter you will need a link - ask Derek for the link for Zoom. 
This is the link for our live videos

Previous weeks' online worship can still be seen

Every Sunday from 19 April
The live streamed version of this service can be found on Facebook.
Together at Eleven (Zoom) Ask Derek for the link for Zoom.

Sunday 12 April Easter Sunday
See the page Holy Week & Easter with all the online services that happened during this important week.

Sunday 5 April Palm Sunday
The live streamed version of this service can be found on Facebook and YouTube.
Together at Eleven (Zoom) Ask Derek for the link for Zoom.

Sunday 22 March Mothering Sunday / Fourth Sunday of Lent
The live streamed version of this service can be found on Facebook and YouTube.
The short communion service that followed can be found on Facebook.

Weekdays audio and online

'Time to Pray' weekday recordings (audio). To receive these directly email Derek. Would you like something that will help you focus on God and pray each day? Derek puts out a short 'radio' programme (podcast) for every weekday. The episodes are less than 10 minutes. 
Dani’s story time for children (Facebook). Wednesday and Friday 3pm.

Worship at home

As it is not possible for people to worship together, there is a range of resources available

Keeping in touch

It is vital that we keep in touch and support one another through these testing times. 

  • Listen to the daily recordings 'Time to Pray'.
  • Make sure that you talk with at least three St James's people a week.  
  • If you can offer help to someone who is self-isolating let Derek know.
  • If you are self-isolating and need help contact Derek. If you are confined to your home - we would like to stay in touch with you, and shop for you as needed. Please let Derek know if you have such a need. We have volunteers standing by. If you just want someone to talk to give us a ring, we are here to help.
  • Story time for children - A live stream story for children to watch live or later.

Information, help and advice

Council updates
Richmond.gov.uk:
(COVID-19) Richmond Council have been working exceptionally hard to ensure services are available and accessible to those who need them. This link gives key information and regular updates on what the council is doing.
Where to go for help
The council has set up a helpline called the Community Hub. So, if you or someone you know needs support you can contact them on 0208 871 6555 or at covid19support@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk. For all medical enquiries please continue to contact the NHS on 111.nhs.uk or on 111.
How to help
There has been some great community spirit with many coming out to help those in need. To ensure this help can be delivered safely and effectively, Richmond CVS is working with Age UK and local groups. So, if you are an individual, business or local voluntary group wanting to help, please sign up to their volunteering database.
 

People    We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
    We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours' safety.
    We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
    We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs
    For as long as it takes wherever you call us.