The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close
Welcome to the website of St Paul’s, Maidstone.
We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.
Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength... Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
In these strange times all the leaders of our and other churches are reimagining the way we support those in our congregations and our communities. We can be led by +Rose with the above three aims:
What are we doing at St Paul’s?
We are following advice from the government, the Church of England and the Diocese of Canterbury .
Keeping people well
We are practising social distancing. The building is closed to hall users and all services have been suspended until we are advised it is safe to resume. Our administrator, will be working from home unless there is a need to be in the office. Please e-mail her with any queries (if you don’t have the email address please use the ‘e-mail us’ link at the bottom of this page). We are looking into the possibility of opening the church for private prayer and will advise you in due course. The standing committee have decided our building is not suitable to leave open in the way more traditional churches are.
Keeping people praying
Many of us have the prayer resource that Jenny Clifton prepares each week by e mail. If you would like to keep in touch this way please e-mail our administrator with any queries (if you don’t have the email address please use the ‘e-mail us’ link at the bottom of this page) and your details will be passed on to Jenny.
Rosemary Riepma has set up a What’s App group. If you would like to find out about this group please e-mail our administrator with any queries (if you don’t have the email address please use the ‘e-mail us’ section at the bottom of this page) your details will be passed on to Rosemary who will give you the details thus enabling you to decide whether you wish to join. They are very comprehensive allowing several options, and mindful of GDPR regulations.
We like many churches have had a very steep learning curve to enable us to worship together in a different way. We now have Zoom and our first service will be on Sunday 29 March at 10:30. If you would like to find out more and have not already been given the details please e-mail our administrator (if you don’t have the email address please use the ‘e-mail us’ link at the bottom of this page) and your details will be passed on. Don’t worry of you are not available at 10:30, as the service will be recorded and put on You Tube.www.youtube.com
Keeping people connected
We are suffering this worldwide challenge in an age of email, social media and when the use of the telephone for most is a fixed cost. No one should be entirely alone.
You may remember Mark Turner, our GDPR officer, asked us all to fill in forms to ensure the church only contacted you in the way you wanted. Many of us may not have thought the forms were important at the time but to stay connected with your church they are now. If we have your permission to send you e-mails you will have received this directly. If we don’t you will only have found it on the website or one of your friends has told you about it. If you have it from the website or a friend and would like to receive it directly please contact us through the ‘e-mail us’ section on the website and a GDPR Consent Form can be sent to you. Forms should then be returned and will be passed to Mark and you/they will be added to the list.
We will continue to put notices so please do look regularly. The Parish Magazine is also there so please look out for the April one in due course.
GDPR is for church use. Please do keep in contact with those you would normally talk and socialise with by phone or e mail or however you have mutually agreed.
If you become aware of someone who needs help please e-mail our administrator who will pass it on to whoever is the most appropriate person to see what we can do. If you do not have the email address, please contact us through the ‘e-mail us’ section on the website.
A prayer for all those affected by Coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen (Prayer from the Church of England)
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