Current Coronavirus Information
Update for Benefice Website – Jan 15th
There will be a weekly live service - 10am each Sunday at St Swithun's, Cheswardine
(The church is large and well-ventilated; you will be expected to wear masks and use hand sanitizer on entering and leaving the building. Contact details will be taken for ‘track & trace’ or you can scan the QR-code. The building will be locked before and after the service for quarantining).
On-line worship is accessible via our Benefice Website weekly from 10.30am each Sunday
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 are discouraged from attending worship but are encouraged to contact the clergy for prayer support.
Churches open for private prayer in our Benefice:
Childs’ Ercall: 10am – 4pm every Sunday
Hinstock: 10am – 3pm every Thursday
Hales and Stoke on Tern: The church porch is left open for private prayer
Sources Of Daily Worship - Updated 01/06/2020
Here are some links to services, prayers and reflections you may find helpful:
St Mary’s Market Drayton - Rev Catherine McBride and Rev Ian Macfarlane - Bible Reading and Reflection most weekdays. This can be found on St Mary’s Facebook Page and via website www.stmarysmarketdrayton.org.uk
Wrockwardine Deanery – Rev Andy Ackroyd – Bible Reading and Reflection on weekday mornings on Facebook and via website www.wrockwardinedeanery.org.uk
The Church of England produces resources for Daily Prayer – both contemporary and from the Book of Common Prayer - https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
You can download the free version of Daily Prayer, which gives the full service for Common Worship Morning and Evening Prayer and Compline – for both Apple and Android, as well as Time to Pray, which is also free https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
The Church Of England has also launched a free phone line - with prayer, bible reading and hymns. Call 0800 804 8044
Lichfield Diocese has links to online resources for prayer and worship - https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/latest-coronavirus-information
For those who enjoy reflection and meditative prayer - Pray As You Go, from the Jesuits, has a daily Bible Reading with music and reflection. There are also special reflections for this time of “lock-down” - “Pray as you Stay”, as well as Mental health awareness exercises, Retreat Series, and aids to prayer https://pray-as-you-go.org/home . The App is free to download
BBC Radio 4 (long wave) has a short daily service every morning, 9.45 – 10.00
UCB Christian Radio has music, Bible studies, discussions etc https://www.ucb.co.uk - The Word for Today is also available online.
The AMICA Benefice has now launched a Telephone Church Service – phone 01630 410490 to hear a short service and reflection from Rev Rich Clarkson or a member of the Ministry Team – (calls are charged at the local rate).
We worked ecumenically with other churches in the Market Drayton area, posting daily reflections for “Thy Kingdom Come” from Ascension Day to Pentecost 2020. Click Here to access and rewatch the playlist of reflections.