Newsletter - 26th April 2020

St. Peter’s Parish Church,

Kirk Onchan

 

26 April 2020 – Easter 2

 

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.  Amen

 

 

Prayer Diary

The Call in for Coffee team, members of the coffee rota and those people living in Bemahague, Bemahague Avenue.

 

Niall Quayle and Hannah Samuels, both nurses working in the community, who were due to be married at St Peter's this year. Pray for God to keep them safe as they go about their duties.

 

Chaplains on the Island  Noble’s Hospital Philip Frear, Hospice Ben Bradshaw, Prison and Ramsey Hospital Brian Evans-Smith, Tynwald Andie Brown, KWC Erica Scott, FE College Daniel Richards, Police Jo Dudley, Manannan Court Ben Bradshaw, Deaf Community Jeanette Hamer, Rural Community Irene Cowell.

Please pray for the chaplains on the Island and their ministry to the community.

 

Those who are struggling in mind, body & spirit that they may know God’s comfort & healing: Sheila Pyatt-Coppell, Sheila Cowley, Olivia Pettigrew, Sandra Caley, Simon Foster & Boris Johnson.

 

Those who have lost loved ones & in particular the family & friends of: Margaret Joan Paterson, Alan Anderson, John Kermode, Arthur Gillatt, Iris Cardy, Beryl Copley.

 

And those we name in the quiet of our hearts.

Please remember that we need permission to put names on this list. Please help us to keep this list up to date by keeping us informed of changes.

 

Readings

 

Acts 2.v 14a, vv 36-41

 Luke 24.vv 13-35

 

 

 

Letter from the Interim Minister

 

Dear All

 

It is wonderful news to hear that the restrictions are beginning to be eased and we need to give thanks to God that the Government is in a position to be able to do so. We do also need to be praying that the easing of the restrictions will not lead to a surge in cases.  I realise that for those of you who are self isolating for the duration of the restrictions it may feel quite hard to see others going out and about.  I want you to know that you are in my prayers and I'm sure in the prayers of the other members of the congregation.  

 

I would ask you all to continue to keep an eye on your neighbours and those people we know are living alone.  I think it is also important that we give thanks to God for the beautiful weather we are enjoying.  We need to look for the blessings even in the midst of the uncertainty and the pain.  Look for where God is at work.  If you are struggling to see him, ask him to show you.

 

I will be continuing to stream morning prayer and a Sunday communion service and I look forward to the day when we will all be together again worshipping face to face with our God.  May his blessing and protection be poured out upon you in the week ahead.  Alessandra

 

Onchan Churchyard – Reopening to Visitors

Due to the relaxation of some of the restrictions in the Covid-19 Emergency Powers, Onchan Burial Authority are happy to say that the churchyard at St Peter’s church reopened on Friday 24 April.  Thank you for your continued support in this difficult time.        

The Diocese of Sodor and Man

Further to the notice issued on Thursday 9 April 2020 regarding the closure of all burial grounds and cemeteries the Diocese has now advised all local church burial authorities that they may reopen from Friday 24 April 2020 in line with the guidelines issued by the Isle of Man Government.

The Diocese ask that people still continue to practice appropriate social distancing and respect other people who may also be visiting churchyards and burial grounds whilst being mindful that burials continue to take place and that contractors may also be carrying out works in preparation for funerals and maintenance of the grounds.

Further general information can be found on the Isle of Man Government website.

 

Prayers for Daily Life

 

Living God, save us from confining your activity to the distant past and the far off future.

 

Give us the courage to expect your action in the world as it is as you bring new life to birth before our eyes.

 

Give us the vigilance to watch for the movement of your spirit in the tumult of nations and the voices of nature in the cultures which are strange to us and in the religious traditions which we find hard to understand.

 

Give us the vision to sense your hand upon our future as we come to terms with the changed patterns of work and leisure, as we discover new truths about the universe and as we explore the beginning and end of human existence.

 

Living Jesus become for us the Resurrection each day as we seek to live gloriously and responsibly by your love (David Jenkins 1997).

 

Please continue to pray for:

  • Maintaining critical supplies
  • For the island to continue coming together
  • For the end of the virus
  • Our older generation
  • The vulnerable
  • Protection of young people
  • For businesses
  • For those falling between the cracks both in terms of support and isolation
  • For the food bank 

 

 

 

Please see the blog from David Gawne of Helpout.im asking for volunteer telephone operators to work from home working with community  organisations. Full details are in the blog dated 17th April.

It would be wonderful if, those who are eligible and able, were to volunteer.

 

 

The Parish Office is closed

but the Parish Clerk is working from home. 

Please phone 675797 or

email enquiries@stpeterschurch.org.im

 

 

 

 

 

Onchan, Lonan & Laxey Team Ministry Information

 

Interim Minister Onchan Alessandra Di Chiara

The Vicarage, 62 Ballabrooie Way, Douglas IM1 4HB

Phone 679274 or 210208

 or email alessandra.dichiara@sodorandman.im

 

Team Vicar Lonan & Laxey Jo Dudley Phone 861989

or email jodudley56@gmail.com

           

enquiries@stpeterschurch.org.im Phone 675797

Website www.stpeterschurch.org.im

Facebook St Peter’s Church, Onchan

 

The contact for Onchan Parish Hall is Elaine Cory 416669

or email onchanparishhall@gmail.com or contact us on Facebook

 

 

The Parish Office is closed

but the Parish Clerk is working from home. 

Please phone 675797 or

email enquiries@stpeterschurch.org.im

 

 

 

 

A Call to

Pray for the Nation

 

 

 

Light up your window at 7:00pm Sunday evening

with a candle or Christmas lights

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