At St Stephen’s we are closely monitoring and following advice around precautions for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Below is a list of key advice and current adjustments (including links to health advice from official health organisations) already in place at St Stephen’s.

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak is an ever-evolving situation and we will endeavour to keep the information on this page as up to date as possible. Please do check back on a regular basis.

*Last updated 11.00 on 20/03/20

Key Advice & Adjustments

  • Sunday services and other face to face gatherings at St Stephen’s are now suspended, with the exception of a plan – for now –  to give takeaway meals on Thursday nights outside the church building to our Drop-In community. Please pray for the wellbeing of the Drop-In team and the Drop-In guests as this vital care for the vulnerable continues in an adapted form.

 

  • The church staff team have begun to work remotely wherever possible and only a ‘skeleton staff’ remain working in the church office for now.

 

  • The staff team are working on what forms of ‘Sunday worship’ we could share on-line to keep us connected and uplifted in faith, hope and love and we’ll share that information as soon as possible.

 

  • Our ‘mode’ of ministry as a church (and our work and efforts as a staff team) are now primarily directed at supporting and resourcing church members where they are (rather than staff members organising services, groups and events) and encouraging as much creative, practical care, support and fellowship amongst church members as we possibly can.

 

  • In addition we want to inspire and energise church members to join with others in our wider community – in a variety of grass roots initiatives – to offer practical support and care for those who will feel most vulnerable at this time. eg those who are older and those who have underlying health conditions or who have had to self-isolate. If you haven’t done so already, what initiatives could you start – or join in with – on your road or street to co-ordinate support for those who are lonely, in self-isolation, or are struggling to organise essential supplies?

 

 

 

Are you able to offer support?

We have been overwhelmed with offers of support and are working hard at connecting people who have offered and those in need. Please consider donating to the local foodbank and keep an eye out for your neighbours. Richmond council have set up a community hub  You can also visit www.coronamutualaid.org for other ideas about how best to support the local community. Thank you.

Do you need help or support?

As a church family we’d like to offer our support to those in need at this difficult time. Please fill in our Caring For One Another form if you would like some support in terms of practical help or prayer. Once you have filled in the form someone from the Church Office will be in touch as soon as they can with further information.