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Following advice from the Government and the Archbishop of Canterbury, we regret to inform you that all services and activities at St Andrew's and St Francis are now suspended until further notice and the Churches are closed.
The following regular Church groups and activities have been suspended until further notice:
Babies and Toddler Group, Kids Alive, Knit and Natter, Lent Groups, Book Club, Women's Breakfast, Lunchtime Organ Recitals, Breathe
If you would welcome pastoral or practical support from the Church over the coming weeks, please contact the Parish Office on 01252 715412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are able and willing to support others over the phone during this time, please do also let us know.
Please note that the Parish Office is now closed, but emails and phone calls will be checked at regular intervals
We are now into our second week of lockdown. Apart from the supermarkets and the smaller food shops, the town centre is very quiet indeed. Mercifully, people have begun to heed the warnings and take the advice given: that we should, if at all possible, stay at home.
At the same time, we are hugely grateful to all those whose work continues. They are the ones on the front line of caring for the sick, the needy and the bereaved. We understand that things will probably get worse before they get better. We keep all of them in our prayers.
Our weekly Community Leaders meetings are helping us to keep in touch with each other. The town-wide Helpline (01252 745446) is now fully up and running. Calls received in a central place will be referred to local neighbourhood groups to action practical help, where appropriate. If you are in need of help you can also email email@example.com. To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
In our church family, we are keeping in touch by phone and/or e-mail. Our Lent Groups and some of our regular smaller meetings are taking place over Zoom. Indeed, we had our first virtual PCC in this form on Monday evening. It is clear from the advice from National Church that our annual meetings will be postponed until later in the year. This means (for better or worse) that officers and PCC members will continue in post until that time! We will keep you up to date with news as we receive it.
We are very aware, therefore, that our celebrations of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter will be very different from normal this year. We can now be found on our website, on Facebook (Farnham Parish Church) and on our new YouTube channel (St Andrew’s Church Farnham)
There will be 30mins service broadcasts also on Palm Sunday and Easter Day at 10am. Please do join us if you are able to do so. We also plan to prepare something special for Maundy Thursday and for Good Friday.
At this time of global fearfulness, there is much to be thankful for still. God is still God and he hears us when we cry to him. These words from Psalm 40 will, I hope, bring us comfort and encouragement.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the desolate pit,[a]
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God.
Please take care, everyone. Keep well and stay safe.
With all good wishes, as ever.
2 April 2020