Notices and prayer intentions. The readings for this Sunday are Proverbs 3:13-18, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 and Matthew 9:9-13
Practical things to help with processing grief.
Even as we wait impatiently for things to “return to normal”, we know there are things that will not. And we have to accept that. And grieve for them, and the people we have lost.
Although grief is painful, we must recognise the importance of honouring it, both individually and collectively, and of allowing it to unfold in its own time rather than holding it to a timetable. Seeking to avoid it only makes things worse.
These things can help:
Writing a Grief Letter or Grief List. Making an inventory of what we are grieving for can be enormously helpful when we feel overwhelmed. A letter, a list, a journal /diary entry. ‘What I Will Miss’
Making a Memorial Corner. Creating a special place to make space for grief – tickets unused, photos of people we loved who have died, things they loved to hold or wear – can help us to say goodbye.
A Gratitude Walk. Physical movement can unlock things in us that thinking alone cannot. Going for walks, alone or with a loved one (whether beside us or on the phone) while focusing on things we are thankful for can be a powerful practice for dealing with loss.
Listening to Music that Helps us Feel. Music can open a pathway to our emotions in a way that words sometimes cannot, and we can open ourselves up to grief through listening to a familiar piece of music either alone or with others.
Telling Stories. When someone we love has died, it helps to listen to, and tell, stories about them, just as we do at a wake – and we can find deep comfort in spaces to remember specific losses in our lives, either with one other person or with a group.
Talk to someone outside your family or circle of friends who is not part of the grieving circle.
Christ Church is here to help; if you would like to speak to someone contact the Vicar
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It is always heartbreaking to lose a loved one – but in these difficult times it is so much worse not to be able to arrange the funeral you would have wanted them to have, or they would have wanted.
Church ministers are, of course, here to take your loved one’s funeral, operating under the current restrictions, and we find it difficult as well – but we offer more than a civil celebrant can.
When we are allowed to meet again, this church will offer thanksgiving or memorial services free of charge (apart from disbursements, eg musicians’ fees etc) to those whose funerals we have taken in this time of lockdown.
Then you will be able to have the music, the tributes, the poems and people around you, as you remember and celebrate the life of the one you’ve lost.
And we also have an annual memorial service, to which we automatically invite you.
We do wrap around pastoral care before and after if you need it, including a bereavement support group – we’re not here just for the funeral itself.
Contact the Vicar – even if you just need a chat. Here’s our contact form
We have resumed our normal service times (10am on the first Sunday of the month and 9.15 on the rest). Weddings, Christenings and Funerals can now take place in church. We are exempt from the ‘rule of 6’, but we are not allowed to ‘mingle’ (!) Because of social distancing, numbers are limited. Let the vicar know if you’re coming to reserve a place.
Wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in church unless you are exempt. CofE guidance says that those who are leading services, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not need to wear them whilst doing so (although we will, of course, wear masks for the distribution of Communion).
Singing is not allowed at the moment and we are not running Junior Church. In addition, we maintain 2m social distancing and a one way system of movement, we have hand sanitising stations throughout church and the building is sanitised after each service. We think church is a very safe place to be.
We are live streaming our services to our Facebook page (Christ Church LEP) for those who cannot yet come to church.
The Vicar is saying morning and evening prayer in church as normal, so if you would like us to pray for you, or if you just need to speak to someone, let us know using the contact form (here)
We will continue to post services and prayer resources on our Facebook page which you can find here:
and our shared documents page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/430355164053438/
Please also look at our Donations page in the menu…. closed churches means our source of income has been severely reduced as we are not supported financially by the Government or the Church of England.
We now have text giving: to donate to Christ Church, text 2020CHURCH (amount) to 70085 (so, for example, to give £5, text 2020CHURCH 5 to 70085). Please use caps and leave a space between church and the number.