CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 24 March 2020

24 March 2020:The Bench of Bishops of the Church in Wales has issued a Further Pastoral Declaration. Details are included in the Further Pastoral Declaration (bilingual) which you can download here .   Below you can find a list of radio and TV programmes offering services/prayers and other spiritual resources. 


https://www.facebook.com/choirofstpauls/videos/789052854917668/?t=4 includes Compline and Evening prayer as well as Sunday services from St Paul’s Craig-y-Don, and can be accessed at any time.

Extract about Church buildings
We know that our churches have always been places of sanctuary, peace and wellbeing.  However, it is now clear that health and healing are best served by church buildings being closed.  All church buildings should therefore be closed until further notice. This means churches should not be open for solitary prayer.  Any exception from this action (other than as noted below) should only take place with the diocesan bishop’s express permission.
 
An exception may be made, if necessary, to open church buildings to host existing foodbanks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  However, these church buildings should be open for this purpose alone, and all appropriate hygiene precautions should be taken.
 
Extract about Pastoral visiting
Clergy and others duly licensed or commissioned should exercise their pastoral ministry from a distance, by phone and online.  Pastoral visits should only be undertaken because of an extreme pastoral emergency when the presence of a priest or deacon is exceptionally required.  Bishops are able to give advice on what might constitute an extreme pastoral emergency.

Pray for all who suffer, including at this particular time those infected by Covid-19 around the world, for those who care for them, for health specialists and authorities who are combatting the spread of infection, and of course for all who at this time are feeling anxious, especially for those with friends and family in areas or occupations most at risk.


Information on some spiritual resources:
  • Download  Bishop Gregory’s prayer  in response to Coronavirus
  • St Martin’s Church in Llay has created a prayer pack for use at home. It includes some forms of Prayer and Reflection for Lent, Holy Week and Easter:  Praying at Home .
  • Pool Mission Area has created a Service of  Morning Prayer at Home  and listed the  Readings from March to May .
  •  Inspiration in isolation: The Association for Promoting Retreats has posted resources on http://www.promotingretreats.org/inspiration-in-isolation/ including Prayers to use alone; Poems and other writings; Reflections; News from our Retreat Houses; Something to make you smile; “designed to encourage and inspire you in your own walks with God at this worrying time. You might like to view the ‘lock-down’ as a time of private Retreat.”
  • Pray As You Go – available on www.pray-as-you-go.org or as a phone app.  This is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time.


Here’s a list of radio and TV programmes offering services/prayers:
Television programmes
Songs of Praise: Sundays at 1.15pm on BBC 1

Radio programmes
  • Prayer for the Day: daily at 5.43am on Radio 4
  • Sunday Worship: Sundays at 8.10am on Radio 4
  • Daily Service: Monday to Friday at 9.45am on Radio 4 Long wave and DAB only (see instructions below on how to find this on DAB)
  • Lent Talks: Wednesdays at 8.45pm on Radio 4 during Lent
  • Celebration: (Act of worship) Sundays at 7.30am on BBC Radio Wales
  • Choral evensong: Wednesdays at 3.30pm and the same service is repeated Sundays at 3pm on Radio 3
(The Daily Service is available on a Radio 4 DAB side channel which is automatically made available about a minute before the programme begins.
After tuning to Radio 4 DAB, select “Daily Service” (from your display) with the tuning wheel and press the selector button.
On some radios the side channel can be stored on a preset button and once it is stored there you simply need to press the preset. We recommend choosing a well established brand of DAB receiver.)

Churches in Aberconwy Mission Area

Ten churches make up the Aberconwy Mission Area.  You can find where they are on the map below.   To find out more about a particular church, click on the church name below or from the dropdown menu from the Church button above.
Churches in Aberconwy Mission Area
  1. All Saints, Deganwy
    All Saints, Deganwy
    Small, friendly congregation Sunday mornings 8am & 11am Wednesdays 10am Holy Eucharist
    allsaints.deganwy@gmail.com
  2. St David, Penrhyn Bay
    St David, Penrhyn Bay
    Sunday mornings 8am & 11am Fridays 10am Holy Eucharist
  3. St Paul, Craig y Don
    St Paul, Craig y Don
    Strong musical tradition with a fine choir Sundays 9.45am
    llanrhosparish @ aol.com
  4. St Hilary, Llanrhos
    St Hilary, Llanrhos
    Sundays 11am & 6.30pm Morning Prayer 9.15am Tues, Weds, Thurs
  5. St Cystenin, Llangystenin
    St Cystennin, Llangystennin
    Sundays 9.30am
  6. St Michael, Llandudno Junction
    St Michael, Llandudno Junction
    A warm welcome to all to meet with us for worship and fellowship Sundays 9.30am
  7. St Grwst, Llanrwst
    St Grwst, Llanrwst
    Sundays 9.30am & 11am Weds 10.30am Holy Communion Open Daily 10am - 4pm
  8. St Doged, Llanddoged
    St Doged, Llanddoged
    Pilgrim Church No regular Sunday services
  9. St Martin, Eglwysbach
    St Martin, Eglwysbach
    Welcome to pilgrims and visitors Sundays 9.45am
  10. St Ffraid, Glan Conwy
    St Ffraid, Glan Conwy
    Busy and active bilingual church Sundays 11.15am & 5pm Weds 10am Holy Communion