Westhoughton (Bethel) URC
Lisa writes: Westhoughton URC have set up Bethel Buddies. All the congregation have been invited to be a part of this network. We have shared everyone’s contact details within the network and have a what’s app chat going n where people are keeping each other entertained with musical pieces they are recording and good wishes to each other. Also keeping each other abreast of any issues we are facing. We are also circulating a newsletter with a weekly sermon, prayers, important corona virus information and other good news stories. It is our virtual link while we cannot be physically linked!
New Chapel URC (Horwich)
Linda writes, ‘At New Chapel I am in constant touch with the majority of our congregation by email and phone the others to make sure they are ok. I also ring other people too, to check they are ok – as do so many others in our fellowship.
As part of the emailing I am sending the Sunday Services which i have prepared, in all their fullness, and have had a very good response. I will be doing the same for our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services and hope that many join in with the M T Service as we combine it with a supper, so we could do it at the same time on the Thursday teatime and feel that we are one together.
As we are such a close fellowship I believe we are constantly in each others thoughts and prayers, and that we pray for the whole world.’
Egerton United Reformed Church
Roma writes: Due to Egerton having a mainly older congregation the elders agreed to set up an email Church Blog, having acquired many addresses we commenced sending out emails prior to Mothering Sunday, the responses were over whelming sending each other loving wishes and happy photo’s which has continued over the following days, a copy of these wishes has been posted to those without email. We have made sure that each person who lives alone has contact with at least one person who will carry out any task they cannot do themselves.
Information about church services and URC daily devotions has been circulated and prayers asked for those who need them especially at this time. The Pastoral Visiting team has quietly carried on the important work of support and friendship by phone. Holy week reflections will be emailed during the week.
The love and care we have for each other, the families of health workers within our fellowship, the community and the wide world has in the present situation brought us together in a way that is immeasurable.