Emerging Well from Lockdown

As we as a church respond to the developing situation with regards to the coronavirus, we will be adding updates to this page.  


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St Thomas’ Church will not be holding public worship services or face-to-face midweek groups at present.  But we’re not going away, we’re just going online! 

Do join us for Sunday worship at 10am on Sundays by visiting this website, click on the banner, or going to our Youtube channel.  Subscribe to our channel to make our services easier to find in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, there are lots of great resources being prepared to help you worship and pray at home - check out these pages for some great ideas:
The Church of England has produce a booklet of prayers for use at home, that can be downloaded and printed as needed.   It has 3 sections, 'Prayers about The Outbreak', 'Prayers with Children' and 'Personal Prayers'. You might like to use these prayers to help if you are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable us to worship in solidarity with one another even when it is not possible to gather in a church building.

Morning Prayer

8am Morning Prayer Monday - Friday. 

Download the Lectio 365 App on Apple Store or for  Android on Google Store and join others in prayer using the prayers and thoughts from the app.

To join us live on Zoom, just click on this link (Meeting ID: 613 838 951) at 8:00am on any weekday (Mon-Fri) from any smartphone, tablet, or laptop with webcam.
 
9.30pm Night Prayer or Compline Monday- Friday
 

To join us on Zoom, just click on this link (Meeting ID: 711 2192 5461 Password: OLLP2G) AT 9.30pm on any weekday (Mon-Fri) from any smartphone, tablet, or laptop with webcam. Download the Order of Service here


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The NHS is Open! 
 

Read the update sent on 24th April from the Health chiefs across Morecambe Bay
Health chiefs across Morecambe Bay are urging people not to put off getting help when they need it.  There is a worry that people are putting themselves or their loved ones at risk by not seeking help when it’s needed. 
 

Bereavement
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For some at the moment, in the midst of bereavement, there is the painful fact that they are unable to go to the funeral of someone they know and care for. 

The Church of England has produced a simple reflection for the day of a funeral for those who are unable to attend it. It is a helpful and sensitive way of allowing space and time to remember and to grieve.

Read and or print the reflection.  You may also want to pass it on to those you know who are unable to go to the funeral of a friend or family member.


Investing in Relationships
 

For many of us, this period of societal lockdown is an opportunity to invest in key relationships, whether with our immediate family within our home, or with friends and family living out

side our home.  A prolonged time together like this can enrich our relationships, but it can also strain them. 

marrriage course bannerIf you are married or in a long-term relationship with your partner, this could be a good time to try the Marriage Course, available free and online for a limited time, from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church in London.  A new course starts every Monday evening for the next few months– all you need to do is buy a manual for each of you.  For registration and further details available at The Marriage Course

However, for some people, this period of enforced isolation together can bring real tensions to the surface, with a 25% rise in calls to the national domestic abuse helpline in the past few weeks.  Download  some helpful advice if this is a situation you are facing.  Our safeguarding advisors, Angela Letchford and Mary-Jayne Carter can also be contacted on the Safeguarding page on the church website.
 


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l 9194b95468bb40f248fc97039f2fLancaster City Council  - advice and support for the Summer Holidays.

As the Summer Holidays approach the City Council felt it was an appropriate time to remind everyone of the sort of supports we can offer over the holiday period and beyond.  
Read where to go for help from the City Council.

Warning of Scams

Read the information from trading standards on current scams. Anyone can be vulnerable to a scam if caught off guard at a vulnerable moment/distracted and with so many of us isolating without the usual social contacts and sources of advice, it's important to be aware of the latest variations of scams that are doing the rounds..
Read the information from the Police about Cyber Crime, that is using the internet safely. This includes phones, laptops, Facebook, email, advice for parents, advice when shopping online.


Help for those struggling with food, medication or bills

Citizens Advice
Are still here for anyone needing free, confidential, impartial, quality assessed advice and assistance. Read details of how to contact Citizen's Advice
 

Lists of local community groups, food and grocery shops and mental health services that offer help or support to you or to anyone that might need it 


Morrison's are taking orders by telephone (0345 611 6111 and select option 5) from a list of essential groceries. The order will be delivered the next day and needs paying for by contactless card to the driver. For elderly and vulnerable people only.

  Volunteering


Church Based Help - Hope Church are coordinating volunteers. Register to volunteer with Hope Church
Council Based Help - To help pack and deliver emergency food boxes. Register to volunteer for the council
NHS support - Register to volunteer for goodSAMS 
 

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