We are living in strange and challenging times. I am writing to you as the Church in Wales has taken the unprecedented step of cancelling all worship services, occasional offices (weddings, baptism etc - except under certain conditions), Bible Study groups and prayer meetings.
This is only sensible given the nature of the coronavirus and the vulnerability of those of our congregations who are elderly or have
underlying health problems. This inevitably poses all kinds of difficulties for us – especially those who are living alone – and so
this pastoral letter is one way of keeping in touch with you until this is all over. I hope you find it helpful.
Most people in St James have relatives and neighbours who can help and support them at this time, but we are aware that there may be some who are on their own and may require help with shopping etc. Please feel free to contact me on (01792) 470532 if you need to talk to someone or require help with shopping.
A virtual church service on Sunday mornings will be launched across local radio through the BBC, led initially by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In the coming weeks I will be working on something you may be able to use in your own home to help you spiritually through this time. Meanwhile, you may like to use the following prayer which the bishops have made available with their pastoral letter:
you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Rev Mark Williams
01792 459449/01792 470532
St James' Church, Walter Road, Swansea SA1 4QF Tel: (01792) 459449
The Church in Wales
Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru
©The Parish of St James is part of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon in the Church in Wales