Hello and Welcome
Thank you for visiting us. St Saviour's is the Church of England Parish Church of Coalpit Heath, in the Diocese of Bristol.
Our Sunday services have been suspended for the present time due to the Coronavirus and the church has to close completely, but hopefully we will get back to normal soon. Here's a brighter page to cheer you up!
A poster for Christian Aid Week
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A connected church
- Minister's Letter
We live in a strange time, an unprecedented time of social isolation and suspension of normal activities. The panic buying in the supermarkets has shown human selfishness and insecurity, but the leaflets being posted through letter-boxes offering help for the vulnerable are a sign of unselfishness and generosity.
It is a strange time to be the church. We are so used to meeting together that we wonder what it is to be the church in our own homes, as it were. The church is oriented towards a physical presence, not just a separate building, but what we do together: praising God, confessing our sins, exchanging the peace, sharing bread and wine... It is a pity particularly at this time of year that we cannot celebrate Holy Week and Easter together. However, I have produced some leaflets for prayer and reflection for Palm Sunday, Holy Week etc., which we have put on the church website. Do make use of these in your own personal devotions.
The archbishops have written recently that the church, nationally, is making a growing range of digital resources available including weekly video broadcasts each Sunday; daily audio for prayer for the day and night prayer; webinars for churches; daily #LiveLent content; new mental health reflections; and apps and smart speaker skills. Lots of this content is also available in downloadable and printable formats. More will be added in the weeks and months ahead. The BBC is also offering services on television and radio and online which people can access and the national church is working closely with them.
Of course, not everyone has access to the internet, but a daily service is broadcast on Radio 4, Long Wave and Digital Audio (BBC Sounds), at 9.45am each day, and Choral Evensong is broadcast on Radio 3 at 3.30pm.
Although the churches are now closed for public worship and we cannot congregate at present yet still we can relate to each other and to God in an invisible way. I pray that in this time there may be a flourishing of prayer for each one of us. We have some other useful resources below.
Links you may find useful:
We will be joining Bishop Viv for her services being broadcast on Maundy Thursday at 10:30am and Easter Sunday at 10:00am:
The liturgy for these services, are here: Maundy Thursday liturgy and Easter Sunday liturgy and the sermon for Easter Sunday.
The services can be found on the Cathedral's Facebook and YouTube channels and on their website.
Colin's prayer for April.
Colin has also produced some Coronavirus prayers.
As you prepare to celebrate Easter at home or on your own, you may enjoy an illustrated walk through the holy land, following in the steps of Jesus. With thanks to Jessica.
Here are some other links that may be useful:
Gospel Reading for the 5th Sunday of Lent.
Finally if there is anything we can do to help during this time of isolation, please contact us via Colin or Andrew (882867) or other members of the church.