The Church is open for a short service on Sunday mornings at 10.30 a.m. with social-distancing measures in place. In accordance with government regulations a mask must be worn at all times in the church.

There will be an online Light party as an alternative to halloween celebrations for children:

Weekly groups have not yet restarted.

In addition, we would like to continue to offer support to anyone who needs it through prayer, telephone and spiritual input. Also look at our Facebook page (St Saviour’s Larkhall). Contact us via email only at the moment: office@stsaviours.org,uk (include your phone number so we can call you back).

Our regular Sunday gathering is also being broadcast via Zoom beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Please email the Parish Office for details of how to join the meetings.

We are running an evening Bible Study group on Mark’s Gospel via Zoom.
Contact the Parish Office for details.

Garden of Remembrance – June 2020

We have created an area of remembrance for those who wish to leave flowers in memory of loved ones who have recently died from the Coronavirus.

         

A Prayer for Bath from the Churches of the City

This short two-minute YouTube video gives an insight into how Christians across the whole of Bath have been praying for the city.

Prayer Suggestions

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer –
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)
 
Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer –
“May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.” (Psalm 79:8)
 
God of all Comfort and Counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved-ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly. [pause] God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer –
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)
 
Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthroughs today. Would you rise above this present darkness as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in your rays. May this be our prayer –
“Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too – heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil.
 
God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer –
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1–2)
 
I bless you with the words of Psalm 91:“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:3–7)
 
“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1)
May El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty who loves you protect you. May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for you save you. And may the Holy Spirit who broods over the chaos and fills you with his presence, intercede for you and in you for others at this time.
 
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18)
(Pete Gregg 24-7 prayer)
 

VE Day Celebrations – 8 May 2020

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we decorated the church railings with bunting, displayed a poppy wreath and laid a trail around the church grounds for families to follow.

     

 

We reflect the strong support throughout our community for all keyworkers during these difficult times by displaying a simple message on our church railings.

     

Easter Wall

We enjoyed filling the church railings with artwork for Easter with your help (as part of your daily outing for food or exercise).

 

A Reflective Service

for worship in isolation or to do together at home 

We come from scattered lives to meet with God.  Let us recognise God’s presence with us now.
 
Keep a short silence, still your heart.
You may like to light a candle.
 
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with us today, as we offer ourselves to you. Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves, and keep us in your care.
Amen.
 
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
Amen.

 

In the light of Jesus, let us examine ourselves and confess our sins. 

 

Keep a short silence
 
Confession:

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

 

Absolution: 

May God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and strengthen us to live in the power of the Spirit all our days. Amen.

 

Read a passage from the Bible

 

We affirm our faith in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord, 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen. 

 

We intercede for others in the quiet of our hearts.
 
Lord, meet us in the silence
And hear our prayer.

 

Silence is kept for prayer

❖ Pray for yourself in your isolation, that you would know God is with you
❖ Pray for others in their loneliness
❖ Pray for our country
❖ Pray for the world
 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Silence is kept

 
O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord. 
 
Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
   
“For God has said, ‘I will not leave you or forsake you’ so we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’.” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
 
“It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)