Still current as of Tuesday 7 April 2020
Updated 7 April 2020 at 10.57am
Following the advice from Public Health England, the Church of England, and the Diocese of Winchester, St Saviour’s Church building is now closed in line with government instructions. This closure includes the church office, Link, and halls.
Please see the Archbishops’ letter to clergy for further information.
Our ministers and office staff are working at home and can be contacted via their individual email accounts (see Who’s Who) or via the office email account. Please see below for further contact details.
General advice and precautions
Follow the government advice to stay at home.
St Saviour’s services and events
These are some of the steps we are now taking to help prevent the spread of infection:
- The church office is closed, and staff are working from home.
- All our services and events are suspended or online.
- All our groups and meetings, including children’s groups, are suspended.
- Our Youth Alpha course and Sunday evening Core group are meeting online. Check the events calendar for details.
Our priorities are to ensure our congregations, staff team, and other church visitors are as safe as possible, and to offer help where we can within our local community. We continue to pray, to love, and to care for the vulnerable.
We have a team of fit and able people contacting the most vulnerable in our church family. We also have a team of six who are able to respond to some practical needs. See contact details below if you need to access this help or if you are able to offer support.
Our children’s minister Caz Gatehouse is keeping in contact with children/families from Kidz Ablaze and Messy Church, and is providing materials. She can be contacted via her email. Follow her via st.savioursparents on Instagram.
Similarly our youth minister Jez Ferguson is keeping in contact with our young people and providing materials. He can be contacted via his email. See his regular video ‘Thought for the day’ on YouTube. Also follow him via st.saviours.youth on Instagram.
Most importantly we pray in the crisis and keep our focus on God.
We are observing a weekly call to prayer – lighting a candle and praying every Sunday evening at 8pm throughout the crisis. This call originated from the Presidents of Churches Together in England, including the Archbishop of Canterbury. On Sunday 22 March they called for a national call to prayer, focusing on the needs of our world and our country. It is an opportunity to pray earnestly for the government and its advisers, for medical staff and other key workers, for the sick and the bereaved, and for those who are fearful and lonely. We hope everyone will join us in praying in our own homes. Find out more here.
How can we help each other and our community?
We are concerned to support our more vulnerable and isolated members at this time, as well as our neighbours and wider community. Please consider telephoning those you are aware of to keep in touch and keep open lines of communication.
Follow the link to volunteer for the BCP Council’s Community Response to COVID-19, Together We Can, and please be praying for all their efforts.
The NHS is also calling for volunteers to help in this crisis. Please join them if you are able to help, and pray for all health workers and other key workers through this time.
Indeed, let us be unceasing in prayer and praise, take opportunities where we can to share our faith, to reach out to our community, and to show kindness to others.
We are using our website, Facebook page and group, other social media to offer prayer, support and help, and encouragement through this time. If you are on Facebook, make sure you ‘like’ our FB page. You can also ask to join our FB group. Please check regularly for:
- News updates
- Encouragements to pray
- Creative ways to help us keep our focus on God
Please feel free to use the Facebook group to encourage one another, and contact Clare if you have further suggestions.
Contacting St Saviour’s
As our office is closed, during this crisis, our emergency contact numbers are as follows:
- Revd Canon Andy McPherson – by mobile 07759 063367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- David Thompson – by mobile 07736 300875.
- BCP Council Covid-19 Community Response Helpline is open 8am-8pm, seven days a week, for people in vital need of food and essential household items. Telephone 0300 1237052.
Updates from our ministers
Updates and messages are being regularly posted on the Sermons page here.
A worship playlist by Phil Smith, including one of his original songs ‘I couldn’t tell you’, is available on our YouTube channel here.
Sunday worship online
Prayer for the day
A prayer for each day from the Church of England
Daily video reflection and prayer from the Diocese of Winchester
Lectio 365, a daily devotional app to help us pray the Bible each day
Daily reflections through Lent from the Church of England