A CHURCH FOR ALL AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

Minister's Newsletter

Derek, our Minister, has been writing a weekly letter as a means of providing updates and keeping in touch during the Coronavirus pandemic. The most recent editions are available below:



COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We’ve always said that the church is the people and not the building. Over the last few months we’ve had to put that to the test as we live out our Christian discipleship in new and different ways. Like everyone else, we have had to adapt to these extraordinary times.

Worship

We worship together at 10:30 each Sunday.

This service is in mixed-mode with the majority of the congregation worshipping remotely, but with the church open so that people can also attend in person.

To join online: please contact the minister, Rev. Derek McLean on 0116 271 2404 or email our Minister, Reverend Derek McLean for joining instructions. In addition to using computers, tablets and smartphones, it is possible to join the service from a landline telephone.

To join in person: please arrive in good time, wear a mask, leave contact details for Test & Trace, and sit as directed. We will be following Government guidance to ensure Social Distancing can be maintained. Please attend only if you are free of coronavirus symptoms.

Alternatively, you can receive materials on paper to allow you to read through the service without attending. People will be able to make an individual decision as to how they join worship in a way that feels safe and comfortable to them personally.

There is also a Holy Communion service at 08:30 on the first Sunday each month.

Prayer

We gather in the church for prayer at 10:15am each Saturday.

We are led in prayer for approximately 30 minutes with various members of the church leading this time together.

If you have a particular concern you would like to be held in prayer, please contact the minister, indicating whether that is confidential or whether you would like it shared more widely for prayer. If you request us to pray for a particular situation, we can circulate it via our prayer chain, through our Members newsletters or during Sunday worship. (If you are asking for prayers for somebody else please let us know that you have permission to share that information.)

Food Bank

The Food Bank has continued to operate throughout with enhanced hygiene controls, a one-way system and increased home delivery. We saw a sharp increase in the number of people needing food in the early stages of this pandemic and a further increase as the furlough scheme draws to a end.

We are open to receive donations every Wednesday 2pm to 4pm. If you want to make a donation it would be especially welcome at this time. For further information, please call 07913 525718.

Distribution is alternate Fridays 11:30am to 12:30 (see below for dates).

Zeph’s Cafe

Zeph's Cafe remains a key part of the way the church serves this community. We have put significant changes in place to allow us to operate in a Covid-secure manner ensuring 2-metre social distancing and are now open to the public Monday-Saturday once again.

Other activities

Many activities that take place on our premises remain suspended, some are meeting in other ways. Please contact the leader of your group for the latest information.

Finally...

At this time, please consider the safety and health of yourself and others. The resources below may be helpful:







Oadby Food Bank operates from our premises fortnightly on Fridays (11:30-12:30)
16th & 30th October, 13th & 27th November
Click here for more details


Rev Derek McLean

Our minister is
Rev Derek McLean