Public worship at St James, Southwick, and St Nicholas, Boarhunt, is suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Worship and prayer will be uploaded on to the WORSHIP=PRAYER page on this website weekly
A Message from our Chaplain, Reverend Simon Brocklehurst
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed.
This remains a challenging and difficult time for us all in the care we rightly need to take of ourselves and our families, and our friends and neighbours – especially those who feel isolated or vulnerable
This is especially challenging when we are frustratingly but necessarily prevented from meeting together in person. It is important for us to remember that physical isolation doesn’t have to mean social isolation – and there is much that we can all do to ensure that those who feel particularly isolated are not forgotten – so please do pick up the telephone, use social media and let us do all that we can to ensure that everyone stays physically and mentally well.
It is a great encouragement that members of our community have rallied together to let you all know about a support line that has been set up on a specially designated telephone 07534 770164 which people from our churches and from the Southwick and Boarhunt Communities can telephone for advice, support and practical assistance with things like shopping and prescriptions. Please do use this service if you need to and please let others know about it
There is also on the SERVICE LEAFLET page a booklet of liturgical resources relevant for the current time which enables people to ponder and pray at home.
The situation around Coronavirus has been referred to as ‘the new normal’, but this is changing every day and some day soon the virus will be gone and we will need to set about the rebuilding of our communities and our lives at all sorts of levels. This will involve considerable cost and effort for all of us, but let us hope and pray that the good that is coming out of this will continue to flourish – a renewed sense of community, of love, of people and of connectedness – because when all else is stripped away the most precious things abide – our faith, our loved ones, our neighbours and our health.
For now the best we can do is stay home, protect the NHS, save lives, and trust God for the rest, knowing that whilst we might feel afflicted, perplexed, persecuted and struck down, yet by our efforts and God’s good grace we will never be crushed, driven to despair, forsaken or destroyed
Your affectionate friend and Chaplain
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