Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic the Church of England has asked all churches to suspend normal meetings for worship*. This means there will be no Sunday or Wednesday services, and no baptisms or weddings until further notice. We have also had to cancel all other events.
* Funerals will still go ahead, with only close family members in attendance. A later celebration/memorial service will be offered.
In this unsettling time we want to assure the members of our church family that the church is very much alive; we have not ‘shut up shop’. In fact, we’re working hard to come up with creative ways to ensure that our life of worship and service together continues.
If you need support
Should you need any support, the following people can be contacted:
- Paul Knight (Vicar): 07411448205
- Leif Wilks (Reader): 07963640827
- Or email other members of the church staff team firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday morning online service
One thing you may like to join in with is an online service at 10AM on a Sunday morning. This will be broadcast on Facebook, you can access it here. Those of you without a Facebook account – and with no desire to create one – just ignore or close any messages asking you to ‘sign up or log in’!
This is an experiment for us, with the first online service being held on Sunday 22nd March – Mothering Sunday. We hope that our service will bring you comfort and peace, and a sense of belonging to God’s family which is not constrained to a building but exists in the love we show for each other.
Other online resources
There are many other online resources that you can take advantage of, and as we learn of more we will add them here.
Batley Night Prayer
Rev Mark Umpleby is hosting a short nightly prayer time on Facebook at 9PM each evening. If you need some calming words to give you peace at the end of the day, Mark can be found here.
To view these videos live you may need a Facebook account (sorry, we’re not sure how it works) but you can view previous night prayers on the Facebook page of St Thomas’ Batley.
Robin Gamble’s Thoughts On Jesus
Robin Gamble, who has visited our church a few times, is making videos with some thoughts about Jesus at this time of isolation. You can find the videos here.
A Church Near You
This online directory of worldwide churches now has a list of many churches offering sreaming (online) services which you can see here.
Church of England digital resources
The main website of the Church of England maintains a list of digital resources – prayer apps, radio broadcasts, podcasts and streaming services. You can find this list on the special Coronavirus page here.