Pew Sheet

Easter 

Thanks to the very efficient ticketing system put in place by the Parish Office we were able to welcome 180 worshippers into the church for the 4 services on Easter Day, and thanks to the streaming efforts of the Northcote family we had an additional 38 attendees live online at the Parish Communion. Together that equates to over 82% of the total theoretical capacity which we have had to impose upon ourselves because of public health concerns.

It will not be necessary to apply for a ticket for services over the coming months as we feel confident that we can cope with the expected numbers without the need to know precise attendance intentions from parishioners in advance. We will continue to limit attendance at individual services to 65. As usual, the 8 o’clock and Evensong services will be less heavily attended, so if you prefer to attend when there are fewer numbers present then those are the services you should target. Services will not be streamed for the time being, but we are looking into the installation of 2 fixed cameras in the gallery which will allow streaming to be carried out much more readily than has previously been the case. If anyone is particularly keen for this service to be resumed and would be prepared to contribute to the costs of this work then please contact the Parish Office.

For this coming Sunday we will have the benefit of Reverend Nick Morris preaching at three of our services. As well as his usual duties at the family service at 10 am, he will be leading Mattins at 11:15 and Evensong at 6 pm. We will also have the great pleasure of welcoming back Rev Philip Welsh to celebrate Holy Communion at 8am.

Second Sunday after Easter (11 April)

8am          Holy Communion, Rev Philip Welsh
10 am       Family Service, Rev Nick Morris and Naomi Leveson-Gower
11.15 am   Mattins, Rev Nick Morris
6pm          Evensong, Rev Nick Morris

The church will continue to be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 2 pm for private prayer.

It will be apparent from these plans that our Vicar David remains unwell. Your continued prayers for his recovery will be appreciated.

Prayers for the National Health Service below
At this time we will also be praying in the midst of this national crisis for the NHS, medical researchers and those who are unwell:
We pray today for all those suffering from COVID-19 at this time, and especially today we pray for loved ones isolated apart from each other:
God of all love,
in whom we are all united,
and from whom we can never be parted,
strengthen all those far from loved ones this day.
Help us to know your presence with us and with them
and strengthen our hearts by your Spirit,
that they and we may know the consolation of our fellowship in you,
and may hope, in due time, for the joy of reunion,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us, the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.

A Prayer for the National Health Service

O LORD Jesus Christ, who wentest about doing good and healing all manner of sickness: Give power, wisdom, and gentleness to all thy ministering servants, our physicians, surgeons, and nurses; that, always bearing thy presence with them, they may not only heal but bless, and shine as lamps of hope in the darkest hours of distress and fear; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost ever, one God world without end.
Amen.

A Prayer for medical researchers

Almighty God, Who art the Father of truth and understanding: shed forth, we beseech Thee, upon those who are engaged in medical research the light of Thy heavenly guidance; grant unto them the spirit of patient discernment, that they may be skilled to discover the way of health and healing; and strengthen them with the assurance that they are fellow-workers together with Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Prayer for someone who is unwell

O GOD, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to thy servant the help of thy power; that his/her sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.                                                                                                     Courtesy Westminster Abbey
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There are a range of Christian resources already available and the link below lists digital streaming, tv and radio programmes, blogs and other resources.
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
and
https://www.london.anglican.org/articles/accessing-christian-services-and-resources-digitally-for-those-who-cant-get-to-church/
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Weekly donation envelopes for 2020: If any one new would like to join the regular giving scheme, please tell the churchwardens or email office@chelseaoldchurch.org.uk or the Honorary Stewardship Secretary Laura Tomlinson on laura@lauratom.com