Our first response to any situation such as this is to pray, and please do join us in praying for all who have been affected by this virus so far, all the medical staff combating it on the front line and world, national and local leaders. In Jesus name we speak health across the world, we speak peace where there is fear and provision where there is any lack. Amen.
We will be live streaming a regular service at 10:15am every Sunday during this time (click here). Just because public worship is suspended does not mean the church is suspended. Church is not a place we go, it's the people we are. At this time we especially want to share the love of Jesus with all those in our community in any way we can.
Our small groups are now meeting online via Zoom, for more details contact any member of the clergy or your small group leader.
Websites we encourage you to refer to for information and advice:
A letter from Derek:
In the light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
That does not mean that Church has stopped though! Our worship will be moving online and this Sunday we will be sharing a live service at 10.15am via facebook so check out facebook.com/ThirskParishes and www.thirskparishes.org/Live. We will also be encouraging our small groups to find other ways of meeting (online or by phone app).
This is a time to be reimagining what the people of God looks like, how we relate, how we grow faith and most of all how we serve our local communities, neighbours and friends.
St Mary’s, Thirsk will be open at times for private prayer and worship in the weeks to come - details of that will follow, as will details of communications, prayer at home, etc.
If you have the internet you can keep in touch via the web site thirkparishes.org or on facebook facebook.com/ThirskParishes. We have posted this to those who we do not have an email address registered, but if you have an email address that you are happy for us to use do send it to us at email@example.com.
Finally, if you, a friend or neighbour would value a phone call do let me know by telephoning 01845 574742. Also, do let me know if you could volunteer to offer practical help to others, for example collecting shopping or prescriptions. It is important that no-one is forgotten and we find ways to care for one another.
The Revd Derek Simpson
“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you Trust in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.’ Isaiah 26:3-4