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Our church's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear ... (Psalm 46:1,2)

We will use this web page to provide regular updates on the impact that Coronavirus is having on our church. Please revisit this page for further updates and information.

In light of the Government's guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship, including Sunday Services, should be suspended until further notice.  Being aware of our responsibility to care for our church family and act as good citizens, we are following this advice, and have also decided to suspend our other church activities. We will review this decision regularly as the Government provides further information and advice.

This is a huge move for the church across the country, but it does not mean we are no longer a church!  This is not stopping being church but experiencing a new way of being church over the coming weeks and months.

Keeping in touch

Being in contact with one another is essential at this time. We want to do our best to keep in touch with everyone in as many ways as possible. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please email office@htrichmond.org.uk and we will happily add you to the list. We will also be updating our Facebook Page, Twitter Feed and other channels as much as we are able. We are also encouraging everyone to join our Choyr social network at HTR.choyr.com as another means of communication.

Click here to download the latest issue of Cornerstone, our church magazine

 

Mental Health

Managing our mental health and wellbeing in lockdown can be very tough. The Church of England have produced series of thirteen daily reflections supporting good mental health, accompanied with practical suggestions on what to put into action.

Click here to download the Mental Health Reflections

Sunday Worship

We have introduced ‘Worship at Home’ as a church. Each week, we will provide an Order of Service which includes prayers, a reading, and a reflection. This is something you can join in with individually or as a family depending on who is around you.

For those who have the capability, we are also livestreaming a feed of the Service which will be available on YouTube. The video will go live at 10am each Sunday, and will be available to access from that time on if your current schedule doesn't allow you to join in at our usual time. We will also include a new link to a ‘recommended playlist’ of worship songs each week which you can listen to, and even join in with, in your homes.

Click here for the details and links for this coming Sunday's Worship at Home 

If you able to get outside for some exercise during this time, you might want to use your walk as a time of worship. Here is a helpful resource to fuel your worship in the created world.

Tuesday Prayers

From Tuesday 2nd June, we are taking our morning prayers online! Anyone is welcome to join us for prayers on Zoom from 7.30am to 8am each Tuesday morning. For security reasons we can't publish the Zoom invite here, so click here to email us for the Zoom details.

The Prayer Course

Starting on 5th May, we are delighted to be running the Prayer Course on Tuesday evenings. We hope this will be an inspiring and encouraging journey for all of us as a church family. Everyone is very welcome to take part in this course which will be run with either online videos, or a book, and then the option of online discussion groups. Click here to find out more and sign up to be part of the course.

Alpha Online

We are excited to still be able to run an Alpha Course this term, this time online! The course will run on Thursday evenings, beginning on 7th May. Alpha is ideal for anyone who is looking into matters of faith, or wants to ask questions, or simply think through things a bit more. It is for anyone, young or old, and it doesn't matter if you have been a Christian for a long time, a short time, or wouldn't consider yourself a Christian at all. The course will run with an online video followed by a discussion group online. Click here to find our more and to sign up for Alpha Online.

Relationships

Investing in our relationships is an important thing to do at all times, but especially when we are in close quarters with one another without much of a break! We would like to highlight a couple of resources that might help those who want to invest some time in their relationships and marriages.

Care for the Family are running an event called ‘It takes two’ to help couples build marriages that last. The event is free to be part of and runs on various dates in May and June. The event will be streamed from 8pm on YouTube and you can find out more and sign up at https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/events/it-takes-two

If you want something more than a one-off, they are also streaming their Marriage Sessions for free, covering four sessions for an hour a week. You can watch and follow these sessions at a time that suits you and there is bonus material to use throughout the week if you want to as well. More information can be found at https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/courses/marriage-courses-the-marriage-sessions and you can sign up for the course on that page.

Holy Trinity Brompton are running their Marriage Course online. This course is seven weeks long and is free apart from purchasing copies of the Marriage Course journal. You can find all the information and sign up for the course at https://www.htb.org/marriage

Youth and Children

We have now produced a separate page with information about what is available for youth and children at HTR in the coming weeks. 

Click here for the youth and children's page

We have lots of talented young people here at HTR and they have begun to contribute their talents to this page. Please click on the link below to see our gallery.

Click here for the youth and children's gallery

Call to prayer

Our Staff Team is meeting online at 0900 Monday to Friday to pray for our church, community and our world and are working hard to continue ministering to all. 

Keeping praying together as a church is vital, even if we cannot meet physically together. To that end, we are encouraging people to stop and pray at various points during the week: 7.30am on Tuesdays, midday on Wednesdays, and 6pm on Thursdays. Not everyone is going to be able to do all of these, but we hope that everyone would be able to do at least one of these a week.

Click here for the current list of prayer points for HTR

Building Update

As you may have gathered, we have been directed to close our church building for the foreseeable future. Sadly that means we cannot open the church for people to come and pray. Our Office team are remotely managing the office Monday - Friday between 0900 and 1700. Please email office@htrichmond.org.uk for any enquiries or leave a message on 020 8404 1112 and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Daily Encouragement

We also want to grow together as a church and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. So we are going to be putting out a daily word of encouragement and prayer every day except Sunday (when we have our Sunday worship). We hope this will allow us to reflect on the same truths together as a church even when we are apart. You can access this at holytrinityrichmond.blogspot.com and if you click the 'Subscribe' link at the time, you can sign up to receive this as a daily email too.

Click here to go to the daily encouragement

Life Groups

Life group networks remain in place and they are a vital way of staying in touch and looking out for one another. Church members and others who are not in one at the moment may wish to join one. Please email office@htrichmond.org.uk and we can connect them to the right group. 

How can I help?

All known older members or vulnerable members (many have low tech capabilities or are not connected) within our church community are networked in with phone calls, postal updates and encouragements. Many are living on their own so please pray for them and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and use you in anyway he can. We must depend on the Holy Spirit above technology to connect our church family so those without it are not forgotten. 

Click here to find out about supporting  our local community through volunteering 

Click here to find out how you can donate to Scrub Hub Kew, a network of voluntary community groups making scrubs to order for NHS staff. 

What Next?

None of us know how long this situation will last but we certainly will be looking at things continuing for some time.  We will continue to update you, the men’s day in May and women’s weekend away in June are now cancelled but we are continuing to find lots of new exciting and innovative ways we can learn, grow, worship and pray together as a church.

The Church of England is providing regular updates, which you can read here.  

You can read the latest information from the NHS here.

You can read the latest Government advice and information here.