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Churches and other local organisations have been publishing their responses. Those brought to the attention of Churches Together in Farnham are listed here for general reference. CTF will update this information periodically. For more detailed advice, please contact the church office or organisation concerned.
FARNHAM AND DISTRICT HELPLINE — If you need help during the COVID-19 emergency and have no access to family, friends and neighbours, call the Farnham Co-ordination Centre on 01252-745446 (9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a recorded message on the phone line outside hours. This is organised by Farnham Town Council in conjunction with Farnham Herald and The Maltings.
ANGLICAN CHURCHES — Following the letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, all public worship is suspended. Many of Farnham’s church buildings will, however, remain open to all for private prayer and reflection. Please enquire of the relevant Parish office.
THE BOURNE PARISH have launched a helpline for parishoners, friends and neighbours who may feel lonely or have needs whilst self-isolating. Open 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m on 0794-765-2309 or e-mail email@example.com.
FRENSHAM AND DOCKENFIELD PARISH is putting a form through people’s letterboxes to allow requests for help to be sent to St.Mary’s, where a group of volunteers will assist where required.
CATHOLIC CHURCHES — The Catholic Bishops of England & Wales have announced: “In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.”
From 24th May, St.Joan’s Church will no longer be open for personal prayer. Fr.Niven will be posting a daily message/homily at midday on the Parish website.
SPIRE CHURCH FARNHAM — All church events, activities and worship are currently suspended, and the Spire Café is closed. The URC Daily Devotions are offering an extended Sunday Service, which is available either to read or as a podcast to listen to. Alternatively, live services are streamed from Woking United Reformed Church or Wesley’s Chapel. Call the church office if you are interested in participating.
FARNHAM ASSIST has decided to suspend all normal activities and outings throughout April and May. They will then notify everyone when we are able to resume, which hopefully will be by June or July. During this period they will endeavour to keep the office open, increase their telephone contact with all those they support to be a point of social contact and also ensure everyone is being looked after.
They have set up a helpline for people who need support on 01252-717710 and are setting up a network of volunteers to keep in telephone contact with clients and also offer to help with picking up essentials for those who can’t get out.
FARNHAM WALK OF WITNESS — Due to the current Corona virus pandemic, the 2020 Walk of Witness planned for Good Friday 10th April WILL NOT TAKE PLACE this year. Back on Good Friday 2021.
CTF MONTHLY ECUMENICAL PRAYER GROUP — This is a morning meeting which normally takes place at St.Joan’s Church on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. During the current emergency, the prayer group is suspended.
FARNHAM FILLING STATION MEETINGS — These evening meetings normally take place each month on the third Friday of the month. Meetings planned for March and April are cancelled, but it is hoped to be able to meet from May onwards, subject to Government advice.
NEW ALPHA COURSE — The Sunday evening Alpha Course planned by St.Joan of Arc Catholic Church for this Spring and Summer is cancelled for this year.
FARNHAM WALKING FESTIVAL — Lions Club of Farnham has confirmed that the event programme planned for 16th May to 7th June is cancelled.
LOCAL CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES — During the emergency, many local charitable activities continue and will prove even more important to the community. They still need your help, through financial donation and in other ways such as volunteering. Notable local organisations which would love to receive offers of help include: