COVID-19 Update

Due to the current restrictions/lockdown, we have made the decision to suspend the Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion Service. We shall continue with a Celebration of Holy Communion on Sundays at 10.30am. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.


Strict COVID-19 precautions will apply (face coverings, social distancing and providing names and contact telephone numbers)

For the required Track and Trace purposes and to ensure we have room for you, if you wish to attend on Sundays you will need to book week by week in advance please.

HOW TO BOOK IN ADVANCE:
Please contact our volunteer box office staffer, Jackie Pengelly, making sure to speak clearly and leave a contact number if you leave an answerphone message: please phone 01625 572645 or mobile 07887 987082 or send an email to jackie.pengelly@hotmail.co.uk to make your booking for yourselves and any members of your household/bubble.

Because places are limited due to the required physical distancing between households/bubbles we ask you kindly to book in anytime from the immediate Monday leading up to the date you wish to attend. It is important that if by any chance, having already booked in, you then find you are no longer able to attend on a given date, please contact Jackie again to let her know your change of plan and she will then be able to contact anyone else on her waiting list for that service.
Thank you!

If you would like to enquire about arranging
Funerals
Weddings
Baptisms

please contact us by phone 07895363038 or by using the contact form below

This is, of course, subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed during the COVID-19 emergency.

Please do let the Vicar or Churchwardens know if you are self-isolating, or if you are aware of someone else who might need us to keep in contact with them by phone for reassurance or to assist with shopping etc.
Alternatively you can contact us using the form below.
Thank you.

North Staffs Sponsored Walk 2020 Cancelled

“ Many thanks to everyone who sponsored Ruth Rogers and Richard Jones to take part in North Staffordshire Walk for Christian Aid on the 28th March.

Of course the event was cancelled this year but the need for the work of Christian Aid is greater than ever so we shall both do the walk when it becomes possible later in the year. We hope you trust us to do so. When the church opens again we will retrieve the sponsorship forms and collect the money and send it to Christian Aid.

Once again thank you to all our sponsors.”

On your own – but still connected…

A suggestion originating from Bishop Keith (our Acting Bishop of Chester) for a simple way of praying on your own but still feeling connected with your church family 🙂

Take one hand and look at…

Your thumb – pray for your family and church community, for all those who minister in our parishes and chaplaincies;
Your first finger – pray for the NHS, all emergency services, carers and support workers, all patients suffering from other diseases or chronic conditions, and for medical researchers looking for a vaccine against COVID-19;
Your second finger – pray for the Government and its advisers, for local government councillors and employees, for the self-employed, for those on universal credit, for those who make policies and laws, and all those making tough decisions;
Your third finger – pray for care homes, for staff working in retail, utilities and education, for all volunteers and charities, for the homeless, prisoners and all refugees, and those working with the most vulnerable in our communities;
Your little finger – pray for particular individuals known to you, for those whose relationships are under strain, for the anxious and fearful, and for yourself as a special child of God.

Each prayer focus for each thumb and finger could itself open up into prayer personally, locally, nationally, and globally.

Take the other hand and read out loud:
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12)
and let your thumb and each finger represent one of these “clothes” we are to put on:

Thumb – compassion
First finger – kindness
Second finger – humility
Third finger – meekness
Little finger – patience

Then put your hands together, and let the “clothing” of one hand touch the people and places in the other, as you offer up your heartfelt prayers to God…

Maybe prayer like this could become part of our daily rhythm in this strange new time for us all. This Sunday night, if you can, wherever you are, light a candle at 7.00pm, and cry out to God in prayer for ourselves, our country and our world.

Chester Cathedral on YouTube

By Michael Beckwith – Chester Cathedral, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24305676

Even though there are no services at St Oswald’s for the time being, recent services at Chester Cathedral can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfTBv9K29kok_zzLCT7xSiQ/videos

Some current services will continue to be live-streamed from there, albeit without congregation or full choir.

Cathedral Precentor Jeremy Dussek has provided some prayers for the current troubled time:

For the world
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.
Amen.

For those feeling anxious
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.
Amen.

For those who are ill or in isolation
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill,
afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness,
be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

A prayer remembering God is with us
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling … (name how you are feeling) 
because … (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
Amen.

The Cathedral is open from 10.30am – 4pm daily.