See the Corona Chronicle (Weekly News-Sheet) for the latest information
Here is the current position regarding the Corona Virus Crisis, as it pertains to St Faiths (as at 12 August 2020):
Whilst many public worship opportunities are currently suspended, we ARE now offering public access communion services (with social distancing) on Sundays (0930) and Thursdays (1030). Our bell-ringers are offering reduced ringing (only four bells) for the Sunday morning service.
All our services are ‘live-streamed’ worship at regular intervals. For links and access advice, and latest news, please go to Livestreamed Services
Regular magazines and publications throughout the Crisis can be found at this link: Weekly Newsletters
All church-run social gatherings are suspended, including (but not limited to) Little Seeds, TAT, the Bible Course, lunchtime concerts, soup lunches, etc. However, a great deal of social interaction continues between our members and friends through our popular Facebook page (click here). We also hold a Zoom meeting on Monday afternoons, called ‘Tea and Chat’, with Sandra Haggan, our Lay Pastor. To join in, please see the link in the weekly newsletter (a.k.a. the Corona Chronicle) access.
All concerts and special events are suspended, including the Wurzels concert (May 2nd) which has been postponed, provisionally, to May 2021. Tickets purchased for the previous date will be accepted at the new date.
All parish buildings are gradually re-opening, following scrupulous health and safety risk assessments. St Faith’s Shop will re-open, for a trial period, from Tuesday 18 August (initially mornings only).
Parish staff (except the Rector) have been ‘on furlough’. However, a number of them are now returning to work, with limited hours, thanks to the support of many friends and members.
This crisis has quickly proved to be a crisis indeed for the parish, especially financially. The loss of income from Pallant Centre rents and the parish events will have a profound effect on our budget, and our ability to meet our obligations and pay our staff. Frankly-speaking, much of our work in this parish and community will be put in jeopardy. All our regular givers are warmly invited to consider how they can best support the finances of the parish at his time.
Those who already donate via the Parish Giving Scheme are warmly invited to check out how to modify their regular giving at this link.
Online donations can be made (with or without Giftaid) via the ‘Donate’ page (also found at this link: https://stfaith.com/donations/ )
Cash or Cheque payments can be posted or hand-delivered c/o Shelley Saunders, 19 School Lane, Havant, PO9 2GE (the home of our Treasurer).
A prayer for use during the Corona Virus Crisis:
Grant us the grace to see your hand at work in the present crisis.
Help us to respond to the challenges it presents with love and creativity.
Grant the gift of your presence to all who are anxious and afraid,
to all those who are taken ill, and to those who lose their loved ones before their time.
Give strength to the frontline workers of our health service,
and to all who extend the hand of help and support to others at this time.
Help us to resist the temptation to become fearful,
Help us to reach out with love,
and to shine your light into the darkness.
These things we ask in the name of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
An anthology of readings and prayers for use during a time of bereavement
can be viewed by clicking here.