CORONAVIRUS 

Keeping our Ranmoor Community Connected and in touch with each other during this time of closure.  In date order we will list any updates and news.  

27th March 2020 - Service for Passion Sunday
Please click on the following to download the files:
Passion Service
Holy Communion
Hymns

Matthew and Cathy have pre-recorded this service for Passion Sunday and it is available to view now on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4oQMgF4h-Q

You are welcome to use the service sheet before Sunday and watch the YouTube video in your own time.  You can also join the Zoom Conference Call at 10.30am on Sunday morning. Matthew will lead Communion and the service will be live on conference call.   To join the call, please click on this link.  

You therefore have the option to do the service in your own time or live with others on the conference call. Either way, we encourage you to join in the hymns and responses using the attached service sheet   You can also share the YouTube link with anyone who may wish to take part.

This is a first for St John’s so we really appreciate any feedback you may have.   Please reply to this email or speak to Matthew.   Our thoughts and prayers are with all our community at this difficult time, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.   

26th March 2020 - RAINBOWS:
Some of our children have coloured rainbows and put them in their windows.  Here are a couple from Lilly and Freddie, Sammy and Heidi:

Rainbows

26th March 2020 - 

A national salute is set to take place to honour the NHS staff working hard through the coronavirus pandemic.

In a gesture of appreciation to frontline medical personnel, people across the nation have been invited to join a mass round of applause on their doorsteps, out their windows or balconies on Thursday (tonight) at 8pm.

Organisers of the "Clap For Carers" campaign - which started online - say it is being staged because "during these unprecedented times they [NHS staff] need to know we are grateful".



25th March 2020 - A prayer for those affected by Coronavirus (Taken from Church of England.org)

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Amen.



24th March 2020 - Compline, Morning Prayer and Ranmoor Afternoon Tea (ZOOM)
 
If you are able to download ZOOM onto an app or website  you can join in the Ranmoor Afternoon Tea at 3pm daily
Monday - Sunday 3.00 pm to 4.30pm  
This week's topics are:
  • Monday - talk about your Dad
  • Tuesday - your favourite book
  • Wednesday - what good will come out of Coronavirus?
  • Thursday - music with Joy
  • Friday - what's for tea (my favourite dish or takeaway)
  • Saturday - gardener's question time!
Monday - Saturday 10.00 am - Morning Prayer (Click here to download)
 
8.00 pm - Monday - Saturday - Compline  (click here to download)

Please email Brian.parfett@stjohnsranmoor.org.uk for login details.


21st March 2020 - Ranmoor Afternoon Tea Club (RAT) - Message from Brian Parfett - 
Yesterday, as some of you know, was the inaugural meeting of the Ranmoor Afternoon Tea (RAT) Club.  The topics of discussion were very varied.  It was fantastic to see and hear familiar faces.  The group agreed that the RAT Club should have the opportunity to meet daily. at 3pm.  You can join using any computer, laptop, tablet or Smartphone, so you could be outside or indoors.  We will be keeping a safe distance from each other!  If you are on wifi, then there is no cost to you to join.  If you are using data - I haven't a clue about the app's data usage or cost. 
The system will take up to 100 participants, though controlling a conversation with that number would be challenging.  We can therefore invite other people to join, this would be best done by asking them to send me their Email address.  Please give them my Brian.parfett@stjohnsranmoor.org.uk address.  In this way I can keep you all posted about any special events or schedule changes.
 You don't need to join the RAT Club at the start or stay to the end - it's up to you.  The idea is though that you bring a cuppa.   Todays's topic will be house plants, please bring one along and tell us why it's important to you.  
 Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, I am hoping to get a volunteer - hint, hint - to read some poetry and lead us in prayer for the world's recovery.  I will update you all on how we can make further use of the Zoom software - further invites are on their way to join the mens virtual walking group on Monday morning and the Craft & Chatteer group (Monday afternoon) are going 'on line'Our apologies if you have already received this information from Brian, we just want everyone to know this social gathering at a distance has started.  One of yesterday's participants has already used the free version of Zoom to meet up with her family via a video link instead of not being able to see them during a phone call.  We are sure that will continue long after our wonderful world has recovered from the virus.


21st March 2020 - For a limited period only, world-renowned theologian, Professor Tom Wright has kindly made this wonderful online Bible study resource Paul and His Letter to the Philippians: Small Group Edition free of charge (normally £149.00!), but only in the next 20 hours.
In his own words:"Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians during a time of deep personal trials, and his words are especially appropriate right now, especially for those who can’t get out to meet with other believers."   Please do make the most of this wonderful resource if this is of interest. Click here to access it.

21st March 2020 - Wash your hands and say the Lords Prayer twice - a wonderful suggestion from our dear Bridget.  download the poster here
lords prayer wash your hands


19th March 2020 - If you have concerns about marriage or baptism that are forthcoming, please see the Church of England website for guidance that we are following :  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na  Please contact either Claire or Matthew:  administrator@stjohnsranmoor.org.uk or matthew.rhodes@sjtohnsranmoor.org.uk and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have

19th March 2020 -  Click here for Reflections and Readings for:Mothering Sunday 2020

17th March 2020 - Important Announcement about Suspension of Services:

We are sad to announce that, in the light of Government guidance and following advice from the Archbishops, public worship is suspended at St John’s.
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
The Archbishops have called for a day of prayer on Sunday 22nd March and we encourage everyone to pray for all those affected by coronavirus.
St John’s will be open this Sunday for private prayer between 10 and 12 and between 5 and 7 for those who are not in at risk groups. You are asked to keep a safe distance (2 metres) from others.
In the days and weeks ahead we will be using our website and social media to share our Christian hope in new ways.
Please keep in touch by phone and email. Help us to care for the most isolated and vulnerable. And pray.
 
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.38-39

Matthew
17th March 2020

Claire Webber, 18/03/2020