A few people have asked if they can help the local efforts financially, so we have set up a fund to receive donations for the ongoing community work in Tidworth and Ludgershall. If that was you, please find the fund details on the poster below. And thank you.
Ludgershall Pharmacy update 25th March 2020
Please avoid phoning the Ludgershall Pharmacy unless you really have to.
Our local Pharmacy has experienced unprecedented numbers of phone calls in the last few days and constantly trying to answer the phone only slows down the Pharmacy staff’s ability to dispense prescriptions for everyone.
Our Vicar, Revd Tim, has a team of volunteers helping us with managing our queue and helping to speed up the process of people collecting their prescriptions as much as we can. (Thank you to almost everyone for trying to maintain the 2m social-distancing guidelines.)
If you don’t have a neighbour or family members of friends who can pick up your prescription for you, please email Help Your Neighbour – Wiltshire and Revd Tim can pick it up for you and his team will deliver your prescription to your door.
Unfortunately this service is only available to you if you are over-60 or if you don’t have to pay for your prescriptions because we can’t take money to pay for prescriptions.
To request home-delivery please email Help Your Neighbour – Wiltshire firstname.lastname@example.org (this is your quickest option) or leave an answerphone message on 07824 445291.
Sunday 29th March at 10am, our Morning Service will be broadcast on Castledown FM and live on our Facebook page! Please come and join us in worship from the comfort of home, while we are unable to meet physically at our church.
Revd Jimmy and Revd Tim will be asking for contributions by text on the theme of signs of new life and resurrection! Have you noticed signs of new life or resurrection? If so, please text into the radio station on 07543558793 on Sunday morning! Thank you.
Morning Service Sunday 22nd March at 10am! We will not meet at either St James or Holy Trinity Church, but Revd Tim and Revd Jimmy will lead us in joint Benefice worship over fm radio on Castledown Radio 104.7fm and also on our Facebook page where they will be Live. Please join us virtually by listening in or watching on Facebook! You do not need a Facebook account to watch – we are a public page. http://www.castledownfm.com
Friends! Although our services are cancelled physically in church, our church is open for individuals/household groups to visit. It might help as a little excursion from home. Over the coming weeks you will find a few things there to do. 2 things so far:
1) Please come and leave a message or prayer on our board in the porch. It is a trace you were there, even if we were not there all at the same time!
2) Children! If you live locally but have not received your little Easter book from us via your school by the end of today, pop in and pick one up from the book table at the back of church.
We are encouraged to pop in at church, just not gather, and we do need to practice social distancing so if you arrive and find others please just keep your distance and call across to one another. If it’s too busy, have a walk round the church yard, say hi to the sheep and then pop in again a bit later!
A Coronavirus update: Friends, we will not be holding our services for the foreseeable future, until advised we can meet together as a congregation again. Please see the link below for the statement from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
We know this is unwelcome news but please join with us in prayer and in practical help to our local community. If you are able to help with practical tasks like bringing supplies to those self isolating, let us know. Phone friends and neighbours for a chat. Pray hard for all effected, for our NHS, for those who are ill, those who are afraid, for everyone finding this time difficult. We may not be physically together, but we are a strong community and we can act together. Please take good care, from us all here at St James.
Reflections for Lent: we have two study discussion groups focussing on Genesis chapter 1 over 5 sessions during Lent – one is on Thursday evenings at 7pm hosted by Ted and Alison at home, and the other is on Sunday afternoons 2:30-3:30pm in the Rectory. Let us know if you’d like to join us so we can provide more details, and come! A great way to prepare for the joy of Easter!