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
Sunday 5th September - 11am - Holy Communion
Sunday 12th September - 6.30pm - HARVEST Holy Communion
Come and celebrate Harvest with us as we join together to thank God for all the good things he has given us and pray for farmers around the world. Our Harvest offering of donations of tins and packets will be taken down to Centrepoint Outreach in town and we will also have a retiring collection in aid of the work that Tearfund are doing to raise awareness of the problems resulting from climate change. The church has been beautifully decorated and will be open during the week for people to drop in.
Sunday 19th September - 11am - Holy Communion
Sunday 26th September - 6.30 pm - Evening Service of the Word
Sunday 3rd October- 11.00 am - Holy Communion
Church and COVID-19 after July 19th
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 will be that from Sunday 25th we will be able to sing in the service – 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.
We are continuing with a fortnightly online service while the current Covid restrictions are in place (see below for links). These will be available on Sunday 12th September and 26th September 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).
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 5.00pm 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.
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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