Excerpts From This Week’s Link

Stevenage Football Club is launching a Coronavirus Community Careline on Monday 23rd March and will look to provide non-medical advice and support, using Club staff. The number to call is 01438 222222 and lines will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, starting from Monday 23rd March 2020.
The objective is to provide services in four areas: Foodbank Donations & Deliveries: The club will work with local Stevenage Foodbanks to encourage donations and will work with local foodbanks to assist them with their deliveries. Senior Kitchen: The Club’s kitchens will also be utilised to provide food for those in need, starting with an initial sandwich service, to provide food for those in most need. Community Service: Local residents at risk and those over 70 can call the helpdesk to log everyday requirements, ranging from picking up prescriptions to walking the dog. The helpdesk will then liaise with Stevenage staff and volunteers or local services. Friendly Chat: Club staff will be on hand to take calls to provide a friendly ear and provide details of additional support services available. Based on the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19, all details are subject to change and will follow official guidance. Visit www.StevenageFC.com for the latest information.

Hertfordshire County Council is heading up the coordination of volunteers, and then matching volunteers , to help in the community. The following links can be used should people want to help. www.thvolunteering.org.uk. & www.thvolunteering.org.uk/volunteering/covid-19.

Thank you to all who are working to keep us connected and in touch. If you are unaware of the email group or WhatsApp group and would like to be connected to either of them please let me know by using my email or ringing me:

www.stmaryshephall.co.uk ;  Vicar’s e-mail:vh899@btinternet.com ;  Church Office: 01438-351963

St. Mary’s has been offered help by several people either to shop or deliver or if anyone has a problem getting something in the food line they need please let me know and I’ll pass it on. We are all looking out for one another and our neighbours.

Prayers for Junior Church

I have had two responses to my request for prayers for our Junior Church to use and rotate weekly, thank you for these, and will these be the first of three or more (ideally five)? They do not need to be long prayers; just a couple of lines is enough. Just think and pray about what we would ask God for in relation to the leaders, helpers and children in Junior Church, including perhaps some more children.

Here is one of the first prayers:
Heavenly Father, we pray for our Junior Church at St Mary’s, it’s Leaders and young people. Please bless them with your grace and love as they learn the good news of your kingdom. May they find interest, blessing and joy as they grow each week in the Christian faith, when they are able to meet at Sunday school, and in their prayers for their families, their friends, and all other children.

We pray for growth in the numbers of children coming to St Mary’s, that they will find the love of Jesus shining in the world around them and us as we welcome them into God’s family here in Shephall.