Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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An important update from Revd Debbie Hore, Assistant Minister.

The Morning Prayer podcast from Debbie....

This Sunday marks a first in Great St Mary's history, we have our first ever podcast to listen to from Reverend Debbie Hore. We would encourage everyone to listen at 09.30 and perhaps light a candle.


Intercessory Prayer in the midst of the spread of COVID-19

You may wish to light a candle before you begin

Let us pray to the Lord,
who is our refuge and stronghold. 

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
(we pray especially for N)
that they may find relief and recovery:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
especially those working at PAH,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
(we pray especially for N)
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

For our homes and families,
our children and young people,
and all in any kind of need or distress:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

For families who live in abusive situations;
surround them with your care
and protect them by your loving might:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

For a blessing on our town of Sawbridgeworth,
that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,
where all are known and cared for:
Hear our cry, O God,
Lord listen to our prayer..

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.



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The Reverend Simon Vivian, currently Assistant Curate in the Berkhamsted Team Ministry, has been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of Sawbridgeworth.  Please remember Simon, Charlotte, Alice and Samuel in your prayers as they prepare for their move.


The Licensing of Father Simon was scheduled to take place on the 20th May 2020 at 7.30pm in Great St Mary's but, because of the current emergency, we now have some further news:

Announcement from Anthony and Shona

Arrival of Father Simon Vivien and Family

Dear Friends,

Along with Debbie, we received a call from Bishop Michael putting to us the logistical issues associated with Simon’s move at this time, (removal firms shut) and the importance of leaving (farewells) and arriving (welcoming) in the right way.

As a consequence, he would like to reschedule Simon and family’s move to Sawbridgeworth. Bishop Michael assured us this will take place as soon as possible once things return to (new) normal.

Do please share this news as widely as you can as we aren’t all yet connected to the ‘corporate’ email system.

With our prayers and best wishes to you all.

Anthony and Shona.

REvd Simon Vivian


Simon and Charlotte both trained as musicians and, for a good number of years, both worked for the BBC's Religion department in Manchester.  Simon began training for the priesthood back in 2014 at Ripon College Cuddesdon a few miles out of Oxford and now, having completed his curacy at St Peter's Church in Berkhamsted, is looking forward - along with the rest of the family - to moving to Sawbridgeworth, to getting to know all of us, and to getting to know the town and its community.  We're hoping that his licensing will be sometime in May.  In the meantime, he and the family send their very best wishes.



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