Announcements and Updates
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PUBLIC WORSHIP HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
COLLECTION MONEY – YOUR PLANNED WEEKLY OFFERING
Another challenge, whilst we have no public worship, is how will your generously planned giving to support the work of God’s church actually get given?
For those of you who use direct debit or standing orders, all should be as normal. For those of you who use either envelopes or simply place cash onto the collection plate, this will not be possible until public worship is once again permitted.
It might be an opportune moment to revise the way you give to enable the work of the church to continue and to consider donating via direct debit; standing orders or bank transfers (the church now has an online banking system). It may be sensible to save up your weekly donation and hand it in monthly. Obviously, I can no longer be in church to receive your weekly offering. I have to ask you to save it up each week and hand it in when we return to a more normal routine.
May I, once again, take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in all ways in supporting the work of God’s church in our community; such support is vital in these times of uncertainty and anxiety. Fr David
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Margaret at 6 am on Sunday, 29th March. We shall miss her cheerful, loving personality and her care for us all. We all uplifted by the dignified way she coped with her illness. She returns to the loving arms of her heavenly Father surrounded by the prayers of all in the parish of which she was a well-loved and respected member.
Owing to current restrictions, Margaret’s body will be committed at a local crematorium in the weeks ahead and a proper funeral Mass will be held in Holy Trinity Church with the cremated remains present at a time later in the year, when all her friends can attend.
May Margaret rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory. Amen
These are difficult times we are living in, and due to the current situation has led to people becoming more isolated and cut off from the world. We at Holy Trinity Horfield are trying to limit the isolation and have come up with additional ways to keep in contact during this time.
A WhatsApp group has been set up so that people can keep in contact and up to date with what is happening in the church. If you would like to be part of this, we would require you to send your telephone number together with your permission to store that data for the interim period (to comply with the current MiFid law) to
Hilary, Helen and Fr David are telephoning certain members of our parish, who are elderly, live alone. We appreciate that some in our congregation do not have access to a device to enable them to communicate over the internet. I am grateful to a number of volunteers who have offered their help with maintaining ’phone contact and doing urgent errands for those in need. Hilary has offered to co-ordinate this project. We will be phoning people to get their consent to pass their telephone numbers to the volunteer team as soon as we are able. If you, somehow get to read this message, or know of anyone who would appreciate such contact would like to be on our telephone contact list, please either call the Parish Office, or Mthr Hilary with your number and permission for it to be shared amongst the small contact group.
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATE 24.03.20
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.
It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.
In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.
“We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”