Coronavirus Response

Updated 29/11/2020, 10:50

We meet together at 9am, 11am and 6.30pm on Sundays. All three services are the same, and the 9am is livestreamed. 

Anyone is welcome to the Sunday services—even if you have not booked in. So, if you forget to book or want to bring someone with you please do turn up!

While not essential, to help with our planning and speed up the entrance to church, it does help us if you can book by midnight Thursday each week. Please click below to book for one of our three services this week.

Service Booking - Watch Online

We've made a short video to give an idea of what it will be like to come to a service:


After the service has finished it will be available to watch back for a week.
You can also watch the service by searching for St Mary’s Basingstoke on YouTube—this might be helpful if you want to watch it on a smart TV.

For those attending in person there are groups for children aged 4–14 at the morning service. Sadly due to the restrictions, children younger than this will have to be cared for by their parents, but the service is streamed to the crèche room for a limited number. Unite+ for young people in years 10–13 happens after the evening service.

The sermon will also be available as audio only in the normal places (www.stmarys-basingstoke.org.uk/sermons or as a podcast).

Many other church meetings and groups are continuing to meet online, many using Zoom. This page will has helpful information on how to use Zoom.

COVID letters

Read the weekly letters from our Rector, Clive Hawkins, and others, sent while we are in lockdown due to the coronavirus.

Latest

Letter 22, 07/08/2020
Letter 21, 01/08/2020
Letter 20, Churchwardens, 24/07/2020
Letter 19, Churchwardens, 17/07/2020

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Resources

The current crisis may have prompted some questions about where God and Christianity fits into everything that's going on, so we've collected some resources that might be helpful. Do contact us if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

Christianity Explored

imageWhat is Christianity? It's all about one life, the life of Jesus, and it can be summed up in the answers to three questions.
Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus come? What does it mean for us?

Christianity Explored is a relaxed and informal way of sharing the best news you can ever hear, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life.
Over seven sessions in Mark's Gospel, guests find out more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus Christ.

In June we'll be running this course online using Zoom.
Read more...

Where is God in a Coronavirus World?

Professor John Lennox has written a short book exploring how belief in a loving and sovereign God helps us to make sense of and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. It's avaliable for under £3 and even less for an ebook version at The Good Book Company or 10ofthose.

He gave an interview about why he wrote the book and explaining some of its topics which you can watch below:

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Look for Hope

lookforhope.org has a great collection of articles and videos addressing different aspects of our experience as we live in lockdown and battle Covid-19, and aim to help you find hope during these difficult days. It is curated by a former Assistant Minister at St Mary's, Tim Dennis, who now works in Winklebury & Worting.