Message From the vicar

Dear Friends

Revd Gita Bond
Revd Gita Bond

Sadly, due to the coronavirus Christ Church building is closed for public worship. Please remember that the Archbishops had expressed the desire that church buildings may, where practical, remain open as places of prayer for the Priests to celebrate Eucharist community, observing social distancing recommendations.  The clergy here maintain the ancient pattern of daily prayer.

If you live on Waldeck Road West Green, you may here the bells every day where the Priests will do Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 7.30pm. It is comforting to know that although Christ Church family cannot be physically present at Christ Church you are joining us in our daily prayers and being with us as Christ Church video our worship.

The Church will be providing a range of resources to enable people to continue to walk with God at this difficult time. This includes #LiveLent daily reflections, prayer for the day audio and text and Alexa and Google Home smart speaker apps.

In the days and weeks ahead, the Christ Church will be significantly expanding this output with audio of a simple daytime prayer and night prayer service, more video content and some live-streaming, new mental health reflections to support people, and webinars to help churches stream sermons, events and make the most of social media.

Christ Church congregation hopes to be in the forefront of providing practical care by supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it.  and support for the most poor and the most vulnerable during the crisis. Then by our service, and by our love,  Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.

The archbishops have joined other church leaders in calling for a day of prayer and action this Sunday (Mothering Sunday) particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services. 

Church feels very different but I want you all to know that we can pray together, even though we cannot meet physically. It would be good to hear from you and learn what you’re doing so we can share ideas and be united together in this. I want to share some prayers with you all:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord

And for all those who are feeling lonely and isolated another prayer:

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me 
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord

Although this is such a difficult time, let’s remain confident in the assurance that we have in Jesus. Hope is real, God is good and we place our firm trust in him at this time, knowing that: ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…’ 1 John 4:18.

With much love and Prayers

Rev Gita Bond