Update 5 January 2021
Communal worship is able to carry on during this new period of lockdown, and therefore the services we hold on Wednesdays and Sundays will continue, albeit with the strictest adherence to the guidance concerning social distancing. As one of very few areas of public life still operating, it is important that we follow the guidance to the letter, and therefore please only attend services if you are feeling well and experiencing none of the Covid symptoms. We are really pleased that the importance of faith has been acknowledged in permission being given for communal worship to continue in the weeks ahead, and I would like to ask you all to pray for continued protection over us as we do so – that St Mark’s would remain a safe space and a beacon of hope in these dark times.
However, groups for children and young people cannot continue, so we will not be able to run physical meetings for our Scramblers, Explorers, Pathfinders and CYFA groups on Sunday mornings. But from Sunday 10th January we will restart online Zoom CYFA meetings, and more details about this will be provided in the New Year. Because separate groups for our primary age children at our 10:30am Sunday morning services will not be possible, we will seek to make the 10:30am services a little more child-friendly, although it will not be possible for them to be truly all-age given the current restrictions.
We look forward to seeing many of you at our services in the weeks ahead and hope those of you unable to be physically present continue to join us online
– praise God for both the technology and the team of volunteers who facilitate this every Sunday.
My prayers go with you all at this incredibly difficult moment, and in particular I shall be praying that we know the love and peace of our Saviour accompanying us step by step through the days and weeks ahead.
Richard Coldicott, Vicar
Where to go for help:
If you live in Horsham, contact the Horsham District Council Hub on 01403 215230 or go to their website.
If you live in Sussex, contact Hearing You. This is a support line launched by the Diocese of Chichester and Together in Sussex. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to anyone recently bereaved or directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The line is manned Monday to Friday 9:00am to 7:00pm 01273 425047.
For nationwide help, contact Your Neighbour. They will connect you to a church nearby that can help with a friendly phone call, shopping, prescriptions, advice or pastoral support. The line is manned 9:00am to 5:00 pm seven days a week. Call 0300 323 9952 (calls are charged at a local rate), or email firstname.lastname@example.org