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COVID-19

A note from Tom (Vicar) and Katy Holbird

These are certainly strange times! As I write this I am thinking of our wonderful St Matthias community and of the challenges that you are facing.

We are changing how we operate as a church in line with Church of England guidelines. As of now, all our regular events (Sunday Services, Groups, Alpha, Tots and Toddlers, Dadventure) will no longer meet face to face. We will instead be moving online! We will still run Church on Sunday but instead of gathering at St Matthias the services will be streamed live on our website so that we can continue to join together from our many living rooms.

More than ever our purpose as a church remains the same – to see a tidal wave of Jesus' love and power, and to do all we can to help and support our city at this time. As it happens I think we have never had a bigger opportunity.

So how are we going to respond as a church? I invite you to commit to three things with all of your passion and persistence:

Pray

The most powerful thing that we can do to at this time is to pray. It will be prayer which brings us God's peace when we are becoming anxious. And prayer will have the biggest impact on those around us as we pray for our friends and family, the vulnerable, the NHS and frontline emergency services and carers, scientists, national and local leaders, our communities, and our nation. 

Join our weekly prayer gathering every Wednesday morning 8.30-9am. Email esther@stmatthiasbrighton.org who will send you the online invitation.  Join our 24/7 prayer room, which you sign up for here .

For all things prayer, please visit our dedicated PRAY page.

Connect

Our online Sunday Services will be live-streamed every Sunday morning. Join us at 10am for our all-age service and 11am for a 'sofa-service' more suitable for adults! At each service we will worship together, we will listen to an inspiring talk and have an opportunity to pray. We will also be moving our Groups online, enabling them to meet virtually. Our Groups have always been the best way we care for one another – emotionally, spiritually and practically, and this will be all the more so in this difficult season. If you're interested in joining a Group or have any questions please visit https://www.stmatthiasbrighton.org/113/Groups

For all things 'Connect', please visit our dedicated CONNECT page.

 

Help 

Many people during this time are finding themselves in need of a little help and support from others.  Our #LoveYourNeighbour campaign can provide that support in 3 ways. 

  1. Can we help practically?
  2. Can we pray?
  3. Can we call?

 

Our #LoveYourNeighbour Team is here to help.  You can contact us on tom@stmatthiasbrighton.org

 

Want to join our #LoveYourNeighbour Team? Contact Jon on jon@stmatthiasbrighton.org

 

St Matthias is also committed to helping the most vulnerable in our city. We are partnering with our family of churches, St Peter’s and St Cuthman’s, to provide a comprehensive response to COVID-19 to those who need it the most in Brighton & Hove. We are doing this in 3 ways. 

 

  • Safehaven @ St Peter’s

Hot meals and essentials for those experiencing homelessness and vulnerably housed. 

  • The Food Bank @ St Cuthman’s

 Weekly food and essentials provision for the vulnerable families and individuals in the Whitehawk and surrounding area. 

  • The Churches Night Shelter

Catered meals and essentials for those housed in and through the Night Shelter project. 

 

For more information of how you can play your part please visit our dedicated HELP page.

 

This is an unprecedented time and we are going to learn a lot about what it means to be a scattered church. I promise to 'pray continually' for you and we will speak on the phone, and connect online. Who knows, this thing might draw us deeper into faith and into community more than anything we could imagine

Don't hesitate to be in touch if you have questions or queries.

Can't wait to be together on Sunday!

Love,

Tom and Katy