This can be a very difficult time for any of us. If you need someone to talk to please contact the Parish Office on 0121 745 8896 and someone will be in touch. Alternatively you can send us an email.

During this time of anxiety, this prayer might be one you could pray:

Circle us Lord,

keep calm within and distress out.

Keep discouragement afar

and comfort near.

Circle us Lord,

keep hope within and despair out.

Keep darkness afar

and light near.

Circle us Lord,

keep peace within and anxiety out.

Keep loneliness afar

and love near.

Enfold us, dear Lord, in your peace.

At times like these it can be hard to find the right words to pray. We have put together some prayers and readings that could help you.

The Church of England has also provided some prayers which may be of help.

It is possible that you will not be able to attend a funeral of a loved one. Again, there are some prayers that can be used by you at home.

Does the coronavirus situation make you ask big questions like Why? and How can a loving God watch this happen? Then take a look at these thoughts from our friends at TEAR Fund. They might help you.

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