In light of the Government advice and the guidance from the Archbishops of
Canterbury and York, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to suspend
all gathered worship and group meetings here at St James until further notice.
You can read the full press release at:
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-callchurch-england-become-radically-different-public-worship


The Archbishops expressed the desire that church buildings may, where
practical, remain open as places of prayer for the community, observing social
distancing recommendations. We will therefore seek to keep St James church
building open for anyone who wants to come and pray.
We are now called to face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind
of church community, rooted in prayer and serving others. There are
encouraging schemes already in development, such as supporting the
“Coronavirus Community Help Taunton” Facebook page and our St James
Community Response WhatsApp Group. We will also be looking at ways to
maintain contact through social media where possible, please “like” our church
Facebook page to be kept up to date with this.

This will be a difficult time for all, but also an opportunity to show kindness
towards one another, and practical help to our community. As people of faith
we therefore pray:


Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful,
to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love,
and your love, for your name’s sake.
Amen.

More prayers:
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.

Loving God,
We pray for all those who are suffering because of the
coronavirus, may they know your healing power.
When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us
your strength and courage.
When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your
presence.
Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work
together for the good of all.
We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless
them in all they do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.
Amen
Further prayers can be found on the Church of England website:

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