Just a reminder that the current advice asks us all to continue to stay at home... so please, please do stay at home unless you absolutely need to go out. I am very encouraged to se that most of us are following this advice.
Should you need to go out for essential shopping then please do follow the social distancing protocols, your actions will truly make a difference and as we are seeing, saves lives.
Please do be assured of our Prayers for you all in these trying times.
St. Saviour’s door remain closed to help stop the spread of this virus and to encourage folks not to venture out. The life and worship of the Church will continue, simply in a different way.
Access to the Church is not permitted, even to regular key holders. No person should enter the Church under any circumstances without the express consent of the Vicar please.
Prayers will no longer be said in church, but instead from home. Please join me in praying for our world. And please do so from the safety of your own homes. I hope you find the Sermon Podcasts helpful along with the Pews News Extra. Along side Daily Prayers, Morning Prayer will be said on Sundays, you would be very welcome to pray with me from your own home any time between 10and 11am. I will also continue with prayers on Tuesday at 12noon and Thursday 10am. It would be wonderful if you would remember these times as special.
I am proud to announce that St. Saviour’s has stepped in to host the Southend Food-bank.
If you are able to get out and donate, you may drop of your donations to St. Saviour’s Church Hall, Chadwick Road Westcliff, on Wednesdays between 2-3.45pm. a dedicated drop off point has been set up to support this cause safely .Please follow the social distancing protocols when you do. Thank you so much for those who have already donated.
I have also received local news of folks pulling together as we are asked to be apart. Thank you to everyone who are working to help others. Please do so safely. Let's remember those who work in our shops, hospitals and factories and farms and thank God for them.
And finally, with Captain Tom, Camping at home for the NHS and the Various Service Staff, and the Thursday night 8pm Clap... would you please pray as we recognise these beautiful acts of kindness, that the love of God be felt across our world.
For the Local Facebook page
For individual volunteers:
For volunteer groups or charities:
For the national NHS Volunteer
And finally, a special prayer written by a member of St. Saviour’s Church congregation. .
I've got friends that will run through walls,
And I've got friends that don't text, they call.
When I've nowhere left to go and I need you the most,
I've got friends that will run through walls.
Jesus is reaching out from the cross. His hand is outstretched toward you. It is within your grasp. All you have to do is reach out, take hold, then hold fast. The hard work has all been done, for you.
It is a simple action but the most difficult to comprehend and then achieve; put your trust in your God, step out in faith and He will always be at your side and when He is not it’s because He is carrying you.
Loving, Heavenly Father we are reaching out in fear and confusion. We seek Your guidance and Your peace but flounder and stray depending on our own skills and procedures. The unknown drives and splinters within us and we are driven to protect form and self.
Retrain us Father to tap further into Your love. When we weaken and see only the darkness let Your light shine into every corner where despair and indifference lurks. Give us persistence in Your sustenance.
When I have nowhere left to go, and I need You the most, I know I have my God who has, and will again, run through so many walls.
Wishing you all well and holding you all in my prayers.
With peace and all blessings