The Church of England in the Diocese of Chelmsford has felt it necessary to take the decision that churches can no longer be kept open for private prayer. This decision has been taken with a heavy heart, but it is in recognition that people have been advised to stay at home wherever possible.
If you would like us to pray for you then please contact us and we will be pleased to do so. You can get in touch via our church email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning Revd Caroline Brown at the Vicarage on 01245 697955
On Sunday 22nd March, we will be live streaming an act of worship at 10.30am. We would love you to join us and you can find our FaceBook page by clicking on this link:
St Augustine of Canterbury, North Springfield.FaceBook page or you can search on FaceBook for St Augustine of Canterbury, North Springfield.
You are welcome to download the order of service we will be using: download order of service
The ‘pew sheet’ contains the readings we will use and some other information can also be downloaded: download the pew sheet
Holding onto hope
At the start of the new decade no one imagined that the world would be facing such unexpected change.
2020 Seemed to hold the promise of a fresh start, new beginnings and possibilities.
Then came something completely out of our control and suddenly whole communities across the globe are finding new ways of being, but not as they imagined, as they respond to COVID-19.
During these uncertain times ahead we will all experience different thoughts and emotions as we consider what this might mean for us?
Amidst the questions and concerns I wonder if this might bring us back to what is most important in life and to reflect on what it means to live as human beings.
So much is out of our control but we can choose how we respond. We can choose to look for moments of joy and goodness that many people will show as they reach out to each other.
Perhaps now more than ever we might truly know our neighbours and think about how we can look out for them with acts of kindness. My hope is that as we set sail into unknown waters we will look back and see chords of love woven into our communities that will strengthen us and not divide us. My hope is that we will see a beautiful picture emerge in which we recognise ourselves in each other.
So in times like these let’s reach out in hope and highlight the goodness of humanity.
Revd Jackie-Dee Thornton
Anglia Ruskin UniversityChelmsford
You may have seen that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced that all Church of England services, apart from weddings and funerals, are being suspended until further notice. That means that our normal 10.45am Sunday services will not be taking place.
As a church, we will continue to pray daily for our community and we will offer as much help and support as we can to those who need it. Although we cannot worship together in the normal way, we are hoping that we will soon be able to broadcast an act of worship at our usual time of 10.45am on Sundays. We will give you full details on this website as soon as we can.
Our ‘Contact Us‘ page tells you how you can get in touch with us. If you need help or support, if you want to ask for prayer, or if you are worried please get in touch.
We would encourage everyone to follow the advice that is being given by the government and Public Health England, and to stay up to date with it as it changes. We will also follow advice to make sure that we keep everyone as safe and well as possible.
We will add prayers, reflections and other materials to this website that you may find helpful and, once again, please do contact us if we can be of help and we will do our very best to respond.
With our love and prayers
St Augustine of Canterbury
Anglican, Methodist and Free Church Community