Updated Apr 2020
As we all know government instructions because of the Coronavirus outbreak, are leading to significant restrictions on our usual freedoms. The Church of England, taking the need for “Social (or better) physical distancing” seriously, has made it clear that public, corporate worship services are to be suspended for the foreseeable future and church buildings must be closed. There will therefore be no services in church or smaller groups for children or adults.
As good citizens, aware that our Christian duty is to cooperate with the governing authorities (Romans 13) and as those called to love our neighbours (Mark 12) we have no alternative other than to comply with this.
It is important to say that in these uncertain times, even though our physical meeting is not possible for public health reasons, our church family continues to work to be ‘a church in Ferriby for Ferriby with the gratitude to God…and to declare his excellencies to our parish and beyond.’
We can keep in touch by phone, through our Facebook Page (All Saints’ Church North Ferriby) and WhatsApp on smartphone & tablet (let Derek know if you want to join)
The church website www.northferribychurch.co.uk has Bible shaped messages and a regular online service – Online Sunday Service tab or this link http://www.northferribychurch.co.uk/whats-on-2/online-sunday-service/
A particularly good source of online encouragement, including streamed services is here: www.clayton.tv Let us know if you would like any literature to help read the Bible and we can arrange to deliver it.
We are keen to serve our parish at this time & have sent round a card to local people’s homes offering prayer, phone conversations & help with errands. If you’re self-isolating yourself and need help, do let me know too and we can try and arrange support. If you can offer support, please let me know.
Helen, our parish administrator, is working from home – but is still available by email email@example.com & will be monitoring the phone (635758).
There will be many implications in all that’s going on. Not least for us, financially. Derek, our Treasurer has asked me to pass on his message. “Many make regular donations at services and in fact just over 40% of giving to the general fund comes in this way. As PCC treasurer I wanted to ask, if you give in this way, whether you could set up a standing order (with the bank details at the end); or save up your envelopes for collection later. Needless to say, if this does not happen, I anticipate that we will run out of money in 3-4 months (having used all available reserves).”
Account name: PCC All Saints’ Church North Ferriby
Account Number: 71023918
Sort code: 40-25-18.
Bank Address: HSBC, 55 Whitefriargate, Hull HU1 2HX.
Others have mentioned that there may be people we know who are likely to run into other forms of financial pressures at this time. If such people are on your heart let me know.
These are strange and unprecedented times for most of us, but they have not taken our loving heavenly Father by surprise and His care remains constant (Psalm 100:5). Let’s pray for one another, those around us & our nation & world at this time, for God’s mercy & that He might use this situation somehow for good and the spread of the gospel of Jesus.
“God is our help and refuge an ever-present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1
With love & prayers,
Matthew Brailsford (Vicar)