St. Andrew's response to the Covid-19 epidemic
This page deals with our church's response to the present coronavirus epidemic and how you can get help if you are self-isolating.
CHURCH STATUS UPDATE
What is on:-
- We are streaming a Worship service via our Facebook page on Sundays at 10. See the Current Sunday Worship news page.
- We are holding simple services of daily Morning & Evening Prayers, led by church members, at 9am & 7pm many of which are live via our Facebook page.
- The Thursday Food Bank continues but with a new procedure for distribution to help maintain social distancing.
(We are not accepting food donations for the Food Bank, but if you wish to give please lay aside a sum of money. We will need it later.)
- We have a lively WhatsApp self help group in operation, see below.
- We have an active telephone help group.Phone 07510 444487, see below.
- We are proactively seeking to support vulnerable people who are not into social media, see below.
What's Not on:-
- We have cancelled all public acts of worship for the time being in accordance with requirements by the Government.
These include the regular Sunday services, the Wednesday Communion, special services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.
- The Church Office is closed and the phone unmanned but you can leave a message.
- The Church cannot be open, even for private visits at the moment. This includes the normal Wednesday manned openings.
- The proposed showing of the film "Risen" on Palm Sunday evening.
- All regular church groups and meetings have been cancelled in accordance with the requirement to maintain social distancing.
these include, ABC parents & children, Boathouse cafe, LadiesWhatLunch, Ladies Guild, Monday Craft Group, MenMeet. Girls Aloud.
- All Discipleship and Home groups meeting in various homes.
- The Easter Distribution of our Magazine, Andrew's Net, has been cancelled. But you can download a copy from here.
* We have set up a WhatsApp self help group.
WhatsApp is a messaging app installed on a smartphone. It uses your mobile telephone number as a means of identification. Once setup you can quickly, easily and securely send a message to any other person who also uses WhatsApp. The app is free to download and using it costs nothing other than any data charges you may occur in using your phone.
A WhatsApp group is a grouping of WhatsApp users who are able to message within the group and all members share posted messages. Our new Group is called "St.Andrew. Self Help." Any message sent to the group will be forwarded to all the members of the group. It is hoped that members of the group will be able to respond to calls for help.
Benefits of the group to us as a church community include:
- If, as a result of Covid-19, you have to self-isolate you can call on other church members to support you. For example, if you need some shopping to be done or prescriptions collected these can be brought to your door.
- If you find yourself short of over the counter medicines like paracetamol others may have some to share.
- We can quickly keep people in touch with the latest developments in the church as the situation unfolds.
Important Note re. WhatsApp: Integral to WhatsApp is your mobile phone number. If any other member of the group does not have your number in their contact list, any message you send will display with your phone number. If you ask to belong to the group it will be deemed you have given approval for your phone number to be visible to others. If this is unacceptable please don't use the group.
* We have set up a church based telephone help group, number 07510 444487.
We are aware that many older vulnerable people are not into Social Media and as a church wish to provide a helpline for them.
- The church self-help group phone line is normally manned during the daytime. (Hours to be determined)
- The phone self-help group works in association with the WhatsApp group. Requests for help will normally be passed onto the WhatsApp group for a Response.
- Please let us know of vulnerable people in the parish who would benefit from the group. Use the helpline phone number to inform us.
Note that Darlington Council are also Running a telephone helpline on 01325 405000, See image below.