Prayer for the Day - 31st March

A beautiful poem by Rev. Caroline Beckett…..

The Gap

I cannot hold you close today.

I cannot take your  hand:

I cannot wipe your tears away

Or brace you as you stand.

I cannot whisper in your ear

Or pass a gift to you –

A sweet or silly something dear –

To cheer a world turned blue.

I cannot sit at home with you,

Make tea or share the moans;

Can’t spread a blanket over you

When sorrow chills you bones.

Only these words can reach across

The distance we must keep

Reminding you we’re still an US

and, waking or asleep,

The bind that ties us close endures

And love can stretch so far –

Can wind its way through walls an doors

To wherever you are.

So I will pray and you will pray

And we will pray together.

The tie that binds us cannot fray:

Love. Always and forever.

A day will come, an end to pain,

And when that day begins

We’ll hold each other close again

Because love always wins.

What to do if you have symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice and recommendations for parishioners at Christ Church Higher Bebington.

The following is advice is compiled, adapted and based on that which is available via the National Health Service NHS website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms please do NOT come into church.
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
If staying at home, please log onto the NHS website at
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and follow the advice for staying at home.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111-coronavirus service by logging on to
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ then follow the link (marked with a green circle and white arrow) part way down the page.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
Do
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don’t
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU MAY OF CONTRACTED THE VIRUS PLEASE FOLLOW THE NHS GUIDELINES ABOVE AND ALSO NOTIFY THE PARISH OFFICE AS SOON AS PRACTIALLY POSSIBLE SO THAT THE RELEVENT RECORDS CAN BE UPDATED AND PEOPLE CAN BE MADE AWARE IF YOU ARE VULNERABLE.

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