* Coronavirus Updates*
We will keep this page updated regularly with what you might need to know, relating to church life in this time.
Click here for Evening prayer service liturgy 29/3/20
Click here for St Martin's online service 29/3/20 lyrics
Click here for Evening prayer service liturgy 22/3/20
Click here for lyrics for St Martin's online service 22/3/20
Message about online services from Steve (21/3/20):
'Everything seems to be closing down but God is still in control and St Martin’s church is getting to grips with how to be a worshipping community in this new world. There are lots of recordings of services out there and some fantastic talks that are far better than I could ever do, but we think it is really important that our church gathers together at the same time - even if we are not all in the same place. At 1100 and 1800 every Sunday we will be streaming a live services. The 1100 will have music, a talk and a time where we can seek to move in the Holy Spirit. Jesus is alive and together we can worship him. At 1800 Phil is going to lead evening prayer. This will be quieter and you will have a chance to join him in saying prayers together. More details about how this will work will follow shortly. Please join us for one or both of these. Paul talks about unity in Ephesians. He doesn’t say we should try and be united, he tells us to maintain the unity we already have. This are timeless words from our wonderful scriptures that speak directly to us now. Let’s worship together.
“Be diligent in prayer, preserving the unity of Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3
The office has now closed to visitors, but we are still very much here to help and support in anyway we can, so if you need, or want to offer, help and support, please get in contact via phone: 01579 347411 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's important to know that our Sunday services will not be going ahead in the same way, though we will still be encouraging collective experiences of worship and prayer, through facebook and youtube. For more details, here is Steve's message to the church, by video but also written:
Dear Church Family,
The Church of England have announced this afternoon that all public worship is suspended until further notice. So, it is with sadness that we must confirm that this will mean all of our church services and groups will be put on hold.
It is really important in the current climate for us to be united, and that image might seem impossible with the prospect of not being able to worship in Church or go to your house group etc. However, we need to see this as a real opportunity to be even more united – by taking additional steps through the use of modern technology to worship together, pray for each other, pastorally care for one another and to keep our communication in sync.
So how do we do this:
If you haven’t done so already please like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/smartchurchliskeard/) as we will putting all updates onto this and also some will be available on our website.
Please do pass this information on to anyone who isn’t on Facebook. If you know of someone who isn’t online, it would really help us if you could communicate the updates to them.
Our priority is to support the most vulnerable in our church community and our Pastoral Team will be contacting them shortly. If you or someone you know are particularly in need of support please do get in touch either via the Facebook page or by emailing email@example.com
Worship & Prayer
We hope to provide a live-video link on our Facebook page every Sunday at 11am during this pandemic period. This will have preaching and worship from the team at St Martin’s.
We also aim to have additional videos and words of encouragement throughout the week, and it is our plan to have a regular rhythm of prayer being present on our Facebook page.
We really would encourage our housegroups to set up Whatsapp or Messenger groups, or look at conference call platforms such as Zoom to enable them to still regularly meet online.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4: 2-3)
Grace and peace in Christ,