Welcome to St Guthlac's Church in Fishtoft.
We are an Anglican Church in the Parish of Fishtoft, in the Deanery of Holland, within the Diocese of Lincoln. We warmly welcome people of all ages and backgrounds who want to discover or serve the living God of the Bible.
To that end we call all people to
Love People, and to
Holy Communion will be celebrated from the Rectory at 11.00 on Sundays so we invite you to join in at home with prayers and spiritual communion if you are able. Readings will be available on our website under the Coronavirus resources tab.
In light of Covid-19, we regret that all services and events at St Guthlac's have been suspended until further notice and the church is to close with immediate effect. We have been asked to publish the following notice and we do so with heavy hearts:
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close
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.
“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.
We are also encouraging people to join in prayer at noon each day and 11am on Sundays in their own homes. Over the next few days and weeks we will try and put some further links to resources on our website. We will be praying for this difficult situation we find ourselves in at the moment and for all our parishioners, and will continue to support our community as best we can in these circumstances. We have a Facebook page and a Whatsapp group so that people can remain in contact virtually - please let us know if you would like details on how to access these.
We have set up a section called "Coronavirus" where you can find information and resources and we will put the Sunday collect and bible readings on here too. We are also encouraging people to use the words from the Spiritual communion service while we are unable to meet and share in Holy Communion. The Rector, Marc, will celebrate the eucharist from the Rectory on behalf of our congregation on Sundays at 11.00 am and these words might be particularly appropriate to use at that time.
A prayer for these times:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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At St Guthlac's we are committed to the safeguarding of all. If you have any concerns you can either contact our Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Helen Moore or the Rector, Revd Marc Cooper. For contact details and further information relating to Safeguarding please click on the "Keeping Safe" tab on the left-hand menu.
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