COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance

 

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 146:2,5:

"I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God."

Dwell on this for a moment before you read on. And please take time to read carefully to the end of the email.

Latest COVID warnings

Last Wednesday (15th December 2021), we had a stark warning from the PM, Boris Johnson and 2 aides, including Prof. Chris Witty that the number of coronavirus cases are rising very, very rapidly and that we ALL need to take action.

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The very clear message is that most of those being admitted to hospital are those who have NOT BEEN VACCINATED. And that those most at risk of contracting the new Omicron variant are those who have not yet had a booster.

Get the booster

By ensuring that we get our booster vaccination as soon as possible, we are not only protecting ourselves and our families but also demonstrating our care and concern for others in our community. And we are playing our part in reducing the possible impact of the NHS.

We are therefore urging everyone
to get their booster as soon as possible.

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To help us in all of our services, there are some things that we will ask you to do:

Before you come to a service

Please do not attend if you have any potential Covid symptoms.

If you have not been vaccinated or have not received your booster, we would ask that you consider whether you should attend.

For your own peace of mind and the well-being of others, please take a lateral flow test before attending. As people are starting to say:-

"Flow before you go!"

What to expect when you come

You will be asked to use the hand sanitiser and wear a mask that will be provided throughout services conducted within the church building. 

We will also be keeping both main doors open, so do dress accordingly as it could be very cold!

Don't be offended, but you will be asked not to linger or mingle at the close of the service and not linger and chat outside.

We are back to the clear measures which protect us all.

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Prayer

In all of this, let us turn to God again in trust, faith and dependence.

I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.'

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler's snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.

Psalm 91:2-3

We trust that the actions above will create a very safe environment for our services. But we look to God to protect us, to watch over us, to bring peace instead of fear and to cause the light of His love and joy to shine brightly in our hearts.

So please pray:-

  • Pray prayers of protection over our church, over each other, over our hospitals.
  • Set aside a little time on Saturday to fast and pray for protection with Psalm 91 as the focus.
  • Join one of our morning prayer times if you can at 8.30.
  • If you are at work or are on the front line, send me your prayer requests and they will be lifted up in the morning prayer times.
  • If you worship at home, pray for the in-person services. We will pray for you!

    With my prayers for you all.

  Steve

   e: vicar@stgilesnorthampton.org.uk  
   w: www.stgilesnorthampton.org.uk


First published on: 18th December 2021