Corona Virus – Continuing Together in Faith and Love
In accordance with guidance from the Government and the Church of England, all public services have been suspended until further notice.
UPDATE: To comply with the Governments instructions, as of 23rd March the Church will no longer be open for private prayer as previously offered.
So there will be no services taking place at St Clements Church. (Other activities including the Oasis Community Café are also closed for this time.)
You can watch St Clements Palm Sunday Service (5th April) here:
Watch out for more videos for Holy Week and Easter coming up this week.
You can find other St Clements videos and subscribe to the St Clements YouTube channel by clicking here
Other services and resources for worship and prayer can be found on the Church of England Website The Church of England Birmingham is producing a series of midweek teaching and discipleship talks that you can watch on YouTube. Click here to see them.
St Clements has produced a leaflet, “Continuing Together in Faith and Love”.
It contains a message from the Vicar Rev Stuart Carter, as well as information, encouragement and advice for church members and other Christians to use in their homes. You can download it by clicking on this link: Continuing in Faith and Love-download
Keep an eye on this page for further details. We will also post any announcements on our Facebook Page click on the button:
Efforts are being made to provide online resources and opportunities for local worship and prayer that people can access on their computers or smart phones.
We hope that people from Castle Bromwich, Smiths Wood and the local neighbourhood will be able to find spiritual help and encouragement along with St Clements and others, in offering to God:
Our worship and trust The needs and concerns of our community and ourselves
Thanksgiving for every blessing encouragement and sign of hope we receive along the way
For those who are regular church members (and for everyone else too!), this is a time to remember that the Church is a community of people, not a building, and that we can continue to worship, pray, give and offer care and support to others, even if we are unable to meet physically.
The Church of England is already offering a selection of prayers for people to use as individuals, with children, or with others using a phone or online conversation. You can access these further down this page.
Offering Practical Support
It is important that we look after one another, in particular the elderly and vulnerable in our communities.
Do keep in touch by phone, text or email. If possible, video calling can offer a fuller experience of human interaction. Phone apps such as WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype, etc, enable people to see as well as hear one another during their conversations.
When offering practical support with shopping or post or urgent provisions, follow Government advice on hygiene and social distancing. Communicate by phone or text. Pick up or deliver items by placing them in the porch or by the door. Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and the person you are assisting.
If you need pastoral or practical support, you can phone the Church on 0121 748 5550 and select an extension. You can press 2 to speak to the Vicar, Rev Stuart Carter; 3 to speak to our Mission Apprentice, Ricki; or 4 to speak to one of our Church Wardens Annette or Gail. We will do our best to respond where we are able, or to seek alternative provision where possible.
This Sunday (22nd March) the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
People are invited to pray for all who are affected by the corona virus (COVID-19), and to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00pm “as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ”.
The Church of England has produced a selection of prayers for the times we are in:
These can be used at home or with one or two other people (possibly over the phone). They include prayers to pray with children too.
They are “to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in church.”
You can view and/or download them by clicking here.
There will also be other resources available from the Church of England Website as well as the Church of England Birmingham website to support people spiritually and to help us to keep connected to one another and our neighbours in loving and caring ways.