We, in common with all Anglican churches across the nation, are currently sharing our worship and prayer virtually, while our church buildings remain closed and we stay at home. But that is not to say that there is no ‘church’ on Salisbury Plain. Far from it! These are a few of the things we are doing instead:
We are sending out daily audio clips of Prayers, with a recorded set of readings and a reflection on Sunday.
We have created printed booklets for those who do not use the internet/computers, and sent an e-file to those who do.
We have also put together a booklet for families to use to help with worship at home, and to think creatively about Easter.
We have begun to host worship using Zoom every Sunday, ranging from more formal services such as Compline or Evensong to more interactive things such as Family Service and Bible Studies.
We have encouraged people to place crosses in their homes and gardens on Palm Sunday as a sign as we recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and light candles on Sunday evenings in prayer
In our villages cairns have been created during Holy week, with people leaving a single stone or pebble at the church during the course of their daily exercise. These were transformed into Easter Gardens over the Easter weekend.
We continue to support those who are grieving, currently being able to share the orders of service for funerals with those who cannot be present, and offering phone support to those we cannot be with in person
We continue to serve our communities with many people signing up as volunteers to help those who are stuck at home.
We continue to be the Church, the Body of Christ.
If you are anxious about a loved one in this parish, please feel free to make contact with us, and we will do all we can to help you.