Here for more than 1000 years as a sign and symbol of God’s love and welcome for all.
My Dear Friends
The message from HM Government is clear: please stay at home. If you have need of anything and find that for whatever reason you cannot obtain it, then please contact me as there are a number of people who are willing to offer help.
We have been informed that we have to close our Church building and to keep it closed. There are to be no more Baptisms or Weddings for the time being. Please pray for the mercy and deliverance of God, and for those in our community who are in need. Please care for the vulnerable and be gentle with yourself. Please do what you can, even from home, even while you are separated from family, friends and neighbours, to show your love and support for them. The Church is not a building, but a body of people and this present situation does not stop us functioning as that body, showing forth the love of God whenever and wherever opportunity comes.
It is our intention to send out an email with some ‘thoughts for the day’ covering the next 7 days [probably on Wednesday evening], & possibly even to record us actually speaking those same thoughts so that the link can go on the Website & Facebook [I have had a practice at this & I can see why I did not take up acting!!]. We will also send out some links to Churches that are streaming their services. (edit: see our weekly video services and thoughts for the day pages)
Apart from keeping in touch with those we know are particularly isolated and vulnerable there is not much more that we can do at this time. But we can pray, read the scriptures and keep in contact with others.
And now may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Your Church belongs to you and you belong to God. Here is a blessing:
All Saints Church in the Parish of Wath upon Dearne is a place where we share Christ’s hospitality, open for all to come and worship God and to pray, to give thanks and to celebrate, to seek help and find comfort and to offer themselves in discipleship and service. We are seeking to follow the way of Christ, to be His body on earth in this time and place, as we involve ourselves in the life and work of the local community and watch for opportunities to live and proclaim God’s Kingdom. This prayer inspires us.
Christ has no body now on earth but ours;
No hands but ours, no feet but ours;
Ours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
is to look out to the earth;
Ours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good;
And ours are the hands by which He is to bless us now. Amen
St. Teresa of Avila
Download a leaflet about Wath All Saints Parish Church
An Online Presence
We work to provide opportunities for those who seek God – who is always present.
There are regular online prayer meetings and quizzes by video conferencing, enabling us to keep a sense of belonging as members of a warm and accepting community, and we are continually working to develop new ways of reaching out to people.
The Church continues to support communities far and wide, even in times of social distancing, using online technologies.
As well as our own online church services, there are other online resources such as:
- The St Peter’s page
- The Church of England virtual Services
- Thy Kingdom Come
- The Archbishop of Canterbury has some very meaningful words
The Daily Hope
The Church of England has a free national phone line to provide a simple way that praise and worship can enter people’s homes. Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Please pass this information on to anyone you know who would be glad of this.
For those looking for information about the (temporarily suspended) regular services and our Sunday school, here is the link to that page