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Coronavirus Update

13 March 2020 09:41

Trinity's Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and, following advice from Public Health Guernsey, the Church of England and Public Health England, we are taking appropriate steps to ensure we keep our congregations, staff team and activity attendees as safe as possible.

We are currently considering whether we will be open for services this coming Sunday (22nd March). Please check back here by Wednesday 18th for more details.

These are some of the steps we are now taking more widely to help prevent the spread of infection:

  • A change in the way we take communion, this will be taken ‘in one kind’ for the foreseeable future, it is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (i.e. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety.
  • Suspending handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the Peace;
  • Suspending direct physical contact as part of a blessing or 'laying on of hands'.
  • We are doing all we can to provide hand washing facilities and hand sanitisation throughout the church and centre and asking all those attending services and activities to wash their hands as they come into the church and centre.
  • We are suspending refreshments at Sunday services.
  • We are giving every volunteer who is involved in serving at Trinity the option not to come if they wish - we don’t want to make things awkward!
  • We are asking all who are feeling unwell to stay away from Trinity until fully recovered, according to Public Health Guernsey Guidelines.
  • We are closely monitoring updates from Public Health Guernsey in relation to our services and activities.
  • To help prevent the spread of infection, please follow general best practice as outlined by Public Health Guernsey.
  • We have completed a Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, our continued mission and ministry.

 

If you don't come to a service on Sunday for whatever reason can we encourage you to spend some time in prayer and worship? The following might help:

  • Read a passage of Scripture (this Sunday we are looking at Psalm 84).
  • Keep silence for 5 minutes and maybe use the Jesus prayer - 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner'.
  • Listen to some worship music
  • Pray for your family, the States of Guernsey and those you normally sit near to at Trinity on a Sunday. Below are some prayers you might find useful:

A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak
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 in isolation and unwell
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.

For medical staff and medical researchers
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Please also be mindful of those who are unwell or isolated and do what you can to care for them which might simply be contact by phone, email, whatsapp or a card. If you know of anyone in need, that we as a church can help at this time please get in touch - t: 724319 or e: Cynthia@trinitysgy.org

We realise that there are multiple sources of advice regarding Coronavirus at this time - have we got things right or wrong? We don’t know as we are in unchartered territory! Please be gracious with us as we seek to, hopefully, take the right course of action at this difficult time.

With love and prayers

Jon, Anne and Paul

(Vicar and Wardens)

 

Please note that ‘Washing hands’ always refers to washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand-sanitiser with minimum 60% alcohol content.