This week's services
Following the news on Friday evening of the latest restrictions for our region, the Chaplaincy Council have made the difficult decision to close each worship centre with immediate effect for at least two weeks.
This was not an easy decision, but there is now clearly a global concern that the different strains of Covid-19 present an increased risk infection to all age groups. While every precaution has been taken in our Churches, there is a risk of infection as people gather before and after the services. We are simply following the majority of Churches in the UK, who have closed for these reasons, despite being able to remain open for worship in their latest lockdown.
Please pass this news on to your friends who may not use the internet and to anyone else in your usual ‘bubble’ so that no one turns up at Alhaurin, Calahonda or Los Boliches for a service. We hope to be able to open for Sunday 31 January - but will send an email to confirm.
As we have been saying throughout this difficult time, please be in contact with Fr Nigel, Caroline or the Wardens if you simply need a chat, prayerful support or just quiet reassurance at this time. If there is someone you know who would value a call at this time, then please do email us in confidence – and then this can happen.
With prayers and best wishes,
Please remember that our return is strictly governed but the Spanish Government’s laws, FEREDE (the Ministry of Justice agency governing non-Catholic churches) and our own Diocesan guidelines.
Our Giving on Sundays is always about our response to God’s love for us, not just about paying the bills ‘Count your blessings,’ they say!
It costs around 7,420€ each month to maintain our chaplaincy ministry. Unlike other Diocese in the C/E, the Diocese of Europe does not provide Chaplaincies with any financial support for ministry. Our income so far this year is around 34% down on what we need to raise.
If you pay tax in the UK and are visiting – please make use of the yellow Gift Aid envelopes – it helps us a great deal.
Thank you for your support.
We would encourage all members to follow current Covid 19 restrictions
Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care. Amen.
To meet the rules and regulations governing our return, we will need your help - and ask everyone attending to please:
Make use of hand gel as you enter the church (even if you are gloved)
Wear face masks
Sit in the allocated seats – starting from the front (back at Los Boliches) and where a service order has been placed. Those from the same household may sit together.
Keep to the 2m social distancing.
Holy Communion will be given in one kind (wafer alone) and please make sure your hand is open to receive the wafer.
There will be a retiring collection
Please leave as directed, starting from the back (front at Los Boliches) of church.
Sadly there can be no singing in these early weeks of returning.
Supporting your Chaplaincy during this difficult time:
A big thank you to all those who have brought in their offertory and stewardship envelopes, which have been a great help and support for Chaplaincy ministry. Even though we about to start gathering again for worship, it’s still possible to arrange a bank transfer to support our ministry here, either to our Spanish or UK accounts. If you have any questions about this, please have a word with our Treasurer, Graham Bloor.
Account Name; Iglesias Anglicana De La Costa Del Sol Este
IBAN: ES39 2103 0194 6500 3001 0341
Barclays Bank plc
Account name: Diocese in Europe Fund
Account number: 40317039
Sort code: 20-06-13
IBAN: GB16 BUKB 2006 1340 3170 39
Please include the reference: CdSEast
It is very important that you include the reference CdSEast – otherwise any offering may get lost in this account, which serves every Chaplaincy in the Diocese!
Thank you for your continued practical support. Fr Nigel