Ruxley Church

The Church on the Lane

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Lots to read and do in our Ruxley Star Magazine

If you don't usually read our Ruxley Star, do please give it a go at this time.  Poems, cartoons, items to uplift you and others to make you laugh, plus crosswords and sudoku, all to keep you busy for a short while at this testing time.  Click here to read this edition, or other past issues.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Bishop Jo's message for Mothering Sunday

 Watch Bishop Jo's message for Mothering Sunday on youtube

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Light a Candle in your window on Sunday 7.00 p.m.

CHURCH leaders in Britain and Ireland have urged Christians to take part in a National Day of Prayer and Action about the coronavirus on Sunday 22 March.
We have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation.”
People are asked to light a candle in their window at 7 p.m. on Sunday “as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ”.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

No Church Services until further notice

We are sorry to have to inform you that Public Worship has been suspended and there will be no church services at Ruxley Church until further notice.  This is in light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact and a directive from our denominational heads. 

As we move into unprecedented times,  we pray heavenly Father for all those impacted by the coronavirus.  Protect those vulnerable from contracting it and bring swift healing to those currently unwell.  We thank you that with you, Lord we do not need to be anxious and can trust that you are in control.

We pray that your church worldwide and local communities, will step up to provide support to those unable to get out, and help those in need.

We pray you would give wisdom to leaders as they navigate this new and uncertain epidemic, for scientist and doctors as they try to find a vaccine, and help us to find new and innovative ways to meet and worship you, and be church to each other and to our neighbours..

We pray this pray in the name of our Lord and Saviour,  Jesus Christ  - Amen


Monday, 16 March 2020

Thursday Coffee Mornings suspended for the time being

The church Leadership Team have taken the decision to suspend the Thursday Coffee Mornings until further notice to help protect against the Coronavirus. We hope everyone will understand this difficult decision.  We thank you for your support and trust you will continue to support us when we resume.


 

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Updated guidance re Coronavirus

As a church we want to ensure that all who join us for worship and other activities are confident that we are following guidance that has been issued by both the Methodist and Anglican churches to reduce the risk of Coronavirus.  If you would like to see a full copy of the guidance or have any concerns, please speak to a member of the Leadership Team.

With this in mind we are asking:

  • that we follow NHS guidance and self-isolate if we have a temperature and/or cough.  Do let your pastoral visitor know if you are unable to attend church and they will keep in contact with you by phone.
  • that we wash our hands with soap and water and/or use hand gel that is available when we arrive at church.
  • we don't shake hands when greeting each other or sharing the peace.
There will also be some changes to our services
  • We are thankful to those who contribute financially each week by regular giving, whether it be a cash offering, through the envelope scheme or by direct debit.  Latest guidance asks us not to pass round the offering bags.  Therefore the offering plate will be available at the front of the church and we invite those who bring their offering week by week to place it in the plate when they come forward for communion.
And the way we administer communion.
  • we will be using wafers rather than bread.
  • we will not be using the chalice during communion.  Instead we will use the small glasses, with non-alcoholic wine served from the silver base and alcoholic wine served from the wooden base.  People receiving communion should take their own glass rather than servers handing it to them.
We will not be serving coffee after the service.

As we adapt to these measures, we pray for all those affected by Coronavirus and all those who are involved in work to control and treat it  - Thank you - Leadership Team.




Monday, 9 March 2020

Protecting against Coronavirus

As a church, we want to ensure that all who join us for worship and other activities are confident that we are following guidance that has been issued by both the Methodist and Anglican churches to reduce the risk of Coronavirus.                   

With this in mind we are asking that all wash their hands with soap and water and/or use available hand gel when arriving at the church. 
Also please do not shake hands when greeting each other or sharing the peace.

There will also be some changes to the way we administer Holy Communion in that for the time being we will use wafers instead of bread, and we will not be using the Chalice, but both the alcoholic and non- alcoholic wine will be served in the small individual glasses.

As we adapt to these measures, we pray for all those affected by Coronavirus and all those who are involved in work to control and treat it.