Ferriby Vicarage March 19th 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. 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 will have Bible shaped messages and we are thinking about some sort of online service from March 29th.
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 & plan to send round a card to local people’s homes offering prayer, phone conversations & help with errands. If those of us not in ‘vulnerable groups’ would be available to distribute these, please let me know. 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.
Other practicalities include closing the Parish Hall from this weekend. Helen, our parish administrator, will be 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 call into church during any day to put your donation in the large offering box (immediately on your left as you enter church). I intend to empty this each Sunday. Alternatively, I plan to be in church on a Sunday at least between 10.15am and 10.45am with the contactless payment machine so donations can be made that way. 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.
Hull Food Bank, who normally receive significant food donations form Ferriby, have spoken of the increasing demand in the last few days. We have moved the food collection box into the church building – if you have any food you can spare please continue to use this.
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)
PS If you have an e mail address can you let me know? firstname.lastname@example.org