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St Andrews and St Michaels onlineThe service for this Sunday is live on the site and available to stream for the next seven days.

Click here to access this week's service and all the resources you will need.

The Archbishops have instructed us to suspend our Sunday Services but that doesn't mean that St. Andrew's and St. Michael's are closing down. Extraordinary times call for a change in the way we do things so for a time we will have to explore a new way of doing church and a new way of being church. This is the page to come to - regularly.

St Andrew and St MichaelsAn online Service every week Here you will find, every week, a link to an audio file that you can download containing a shortened service. The service will contain a Bible reading, a short talk, prayers and an invitation to pause the service and listen to a couple of worship songs or hymns. Hopefully, these will be lyric videos with the words on the screen, otherwise, the words will be available to download as a PDF so that you can join in the worship at home. Links are at the bottom of this page.

 

Resources to help, inspire and encourage We will also recommend some great books for adults and children to read as well as video resources all of which can be ordered online to help you in your spiritual walk should we have to lockdown or self-isolate.

Sign up to our weekly email Every week we will send out two emails (don't worry, you won't be bombarded with spam), the first on a Tuesday will include a link to join a weekly get together on Zoom (PFT - Praise, Fellowship and Teaching) which takes place every Wednesday evening and the second email, on a Friday, will contain general information as well as links to resources that you might find helpful. If you want to opt into receiving the weekly emails, you need to sign up to the list here.

Malcolm Ingham the RectorWorship in a new way Although we will not be able to physically gather together to worship God this does not mean that we cannot still worship as individuals or as families, or as a fellowship. The weekly service can be part of that and there are lots of other online services available too. Also, there will be our weekly PFT (Praise, Fellowship, Teaching) get together on Zoom which you can access by signing up to the email list above. We all have more time available to us as we stay at home, so use that time well and read some great Christian literature, watch or listen to great Christian teaching from the internet, read your Bible and pray. If you have children then include them too and the weekly email will have links to resources for all ages; adults and children alike.

Helping others now There are many other things that we can do even if we cannot meet together - we are a church fellowship; a family of Helping our neighbours cardbelievers, brothers and sisters in Christ. Please use this time to call one another, Facetime, or Skype. It's very tempting to email or text (and that is still fine for business needs) but for social purposes, for the pastoral care of one another, a real human voice is so much better. If we are struggling then turn to your brothers and sister in the Lord and love and care for each other.

That does not mean we are a closed community - now is the time when we can serve Christ by caring for and loving our neighbour too. We should be thinking about how we can care for those nearby who are vulnerable, or who may become vulnerable. Perhaps you want to call round to your neighbour's and offer to help if they need you - remember to wash your hands well first and keep your distance on the doorstep. Download a "Here to help" card to print off and add your details so that your friends and neighbours know how to reach you if they need to.

And when we go shopping let's be wise and sensible, making sure we are leaving plenty for those coming behind us. Don't forget the work of the FoodBank and the Light Project.

Stay connected Follow St. Andrew's and St. Michael's on Facebook for updates.

Prayer Pray for each other, the situation in the world and our country. Pray for frontline carers. Pray for the hope of Jesus to shine in the current climate of fear and uncertainty.

If you, or someone you know, would like to be prayed for, submit an online prayer request.

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus It's very easy at times like this to become despondent and depressed, but we have an all-powerful, all-loving God who has already rescued us from the dominion of darkness and death if our faith is in Christ. Why not start your day with Olly Knight's live stream "Come sing with me". Olly led the worship on our week at the Keswick Convention last year. Every weekday morning between 8.30am and 9.00am (ending in time for those of you working from home to start) he is leading a time of sung worship (his own compositions and traditional hymns for copyright reasons, so there is something for everyone), Bible reading, prayer and reflection from his home. If you can't join in live the video is available all day. Olly's plan is to have "Family Friday" where children are involved too. Please note: it always starts slightly before the official start time so don't worry if it seems a little chaotic at the beginning - especially on Family Friday!

You can hold a simple act of worship during the week using the Church of England's specially designed order of service for midweek worship at home.

Giving to your churches If your practice was to give weekly during the service then this will obviously not be possible whilst services are suspended, however, our running costs will still be there. If you would like to give via your bank by setting up a standing order or a one-off payment then please use the links below to find the information you need. We are not sure that we will be able to reclaim the Gift Aid on these donations so please see this as a temporary way of supporting your church and then explore the Parish Giving scheme with your church Treasurer when things get back to normal.

 

Giving to St. Andrew's, Alwalton

Giving to St. Michael's, Chesterton

God bless,

Malcolm (the Rector)

The resources for each Sunday will go live towards the end of the week before.

Many people have said that they enjoy watching and taking part at 10.30am on a Sunday morning knowing that we are worshipping together even though we are all in our own homes, however, if you want to join in a live service of worship on a Sunday then Peterborough Cathedral (10.30am) and St. Andrew the Great in Cambridge (10.00am and 5.00pm) will be live-streaming theirs, just click on the links.


Attending church FAQ
Attending Church Services FAQ

This week's service
This week's Service

Giving to St. Michael's, Chesteron
Giving to St. Michael's, Chesterton

Giving to St. Andrew's, Alwalton
Giving to St. Andrew's, Alwalton

Weekly emails
Weekly emails

Prayer
Prayer Request