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
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES TO OUR USUAL PATTERN OF SUNDAY SERVICES THIS MONTH DUE TO REMEMBRANCE
Sunday 7th November - 6.30 pm Holy Communion
Sunday 14th November - 10.50 am Remembrance Sunday Service held outside at Fishtoft War Memorial
There will also be a service online available to watch from 11am and the church will be open on Sunday and throughout the week for personal prayer and to see the displays of knitted poppies.
Sunday 21st November - 11am Songs of Praise for Christ the King
Sunday 28th November - 6.30 pm Advent Sunday Holy Communion
BYJO CONCERT - FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 7.30 PM
CHRISTMAS FAYRE - SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER 10AM-2PM
CHRISTINGLE - SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 11AM
Church and COVID-19 arrangements
As we look at how life may change as legal restrictions are lifted we probably all realise that we cannot go from doing nothing to doing everything – that would be too much too fast. And many people may still be anxious, especially with the uncertainty of rising infection rates. Some people are also concerned because they are especially vulnerable. We want to keep church as safe as possible and that includes alleviating anxiety as well as keeping physical measures.
We are therefore taking things slowly – one good change is that we are now able to sing in the services – hurray! We will at the moment however be asking people who attend church on Sundays, and for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals to continue to wear masks (in the same way that supermarkets etc are doing), and where possible to sit in a socially distanced way. Communion will still be done carefully, and offered in one kind (the bread only). These measures may gradually be changed when it seems appropriate. This approach seems to be a common one across the churches, and is in in line with the advice from the Bishops in our Diocese and Churches Together In England.
The NHS has some tips about moving from all the restrictions including lockdown, to the situation we are in now without legal constraints.
With regard to how to behave as we continue in the Pandemic, and how to view it St Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians seem apposite:
I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.
Stay safe everyone! Grace & Peace, Rev’d Marc Cooper, Rector.
SANCTUM: Our church building is open for private prayer throughout the week. Please feel welcome to call in. Our usual hours are between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Saturday. (We will be closed on Thursday mornings for a mid-week clean). We hope and pray that it will be a "Sanctum" - a place of peace, prayer and refuge for you and all the community. We have taken lots of steps to make it safe for everyone so please observe the Covid-19 measures we have put in place (notices are on the doors and inside the building). Thank you.
We are continuing with a fortnightly online service (see below for links). These will be available on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday 14th November and Sunday 28th November from 11am.
We will continue with our midweek Compline service on Zoom (Wednesdays at 8pm- please let us know if you would like to be sent the link).
During this difficult time when our church building has been closed for much of the year and our fundraising events cancelled, we are still a church; worshipping online, loving our neighbours and praying and caring for our community. We really need your help so please support St Guthlac's Church today by visiting our online giving page here at givealittle.co
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.
If you are looking for information about Weddings or Baptisms (Christenings) please click on Information
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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