All "in person" Church events cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all gatherings, which includes services, meetings, bible studies, lunches etc. are currently cancelled. There will be no events during May (and possibly not during June either - when we have a date for the resumption of activities, we will publish it here). We are holding "virtual" gatherings - see below for details. The latest information regarding possible re-opening of physical services is also further down this page.
While you wait for the next service, why not try our "Bible or Shakespeare" quiz?
Or how about our "Gospel characters" quiz?
Or how about our "Numbers in the Bible" quiz?
If you're missing San Blas church, then two of our congregation have been out and photographing the building work that's going on. Thanks to Jens and Mike, you can see it in our gallery here.
Short service and pastoral letter
Reverend John Poole’s latest pastoral letter also contains a short service that you can use at home - it is here.
Short service - live video stream
There will be a live act of worship at 12 noon each Sunday during the lockdown, hosted by Reverend Rachel Ganney. It will be available on the Tenerife (and others) Virtual Church Facebook group (click here to join it) and also on YouTube. The stream will be live from 11:45 and the service will start at 12.
This Sunday we'll be celebrating Pentecost including a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
You can find the service sheet at www.TenerifeVirtual.church/servicesheet.pdf and, on Sunday, find us on the Tenerife (and others) Virtual Church Facebook group, on YouTube (https://youtu.be/5MHwc3Msvhg) or on this website
Please don't forget to have something similar to bread and wine to hand if you'd like to join us in the agape meal and do get in touch if you'd like to take part in any way.
As always we're looking forward to worshiping with you all.
If you'd like to get in touch about the Virtual Church or provide us with some feedback, please email us at email@example.com
Pope delivers special message for Pentecost Sunday online service alongside archbishops and senior UK church leaders
His Holiness Pope Francis will take part in an online church service alongside the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and a number of other senior UK church leaders for the first time online.
He will deliver a special message for the virtual service for Pentecost Sunday – the day Christians celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.
The service marks the finale of this year’s Thy Kingdom Come, an annual ecumenical global prayer movement for evangelisation between Ascension Day and Pentecost.
The Pope’s heartfelt message calls on all Christians to seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in order that they might be bearers of Christ’s love, light and hope, in a world “experiencing a tragic famine of hope” but also urges a turning away from the “selfish pursuit of success without caring for those left behind’ and to be united in facing the “pandemics of the virus and of hunger, war, contempt for life and indifference to others.”
In the service - which can be seen on the Church of England’s digital platforms - from 9am on Sunday 31 May – he will say: “Today, more than ever, it is necessary to implore the Holy Spirit to pour forth into our hearts the life of God, who is love. Indeed, if there is to be a better future, our hearts must change for the better. “Today our world is experiencing a tragic famine of hope. How much pain is all around us, how much emptiness, how much inconsolable grief. Let us, then, become messengers of the comfort bestowed by the Spirit. Let us radiate hope, and the Lord will open new paths as we journey towards the future.”
Reflecting on the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Pope implores Christians worldwide to be “more deeply united as witnesses of mercy for the human family so severely tested in these days” and “to ask the Spirit for the gift of unity, for only if we live as brothers and sisters can we spread the spirit of fraternity.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver the sermon. The service also includes contributions from other senior UK church leaders including the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, due to retire in June (who will give the final blessing),
The Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos (saying the creed) and prayers from Pastor Agu Irukwu, the Pentecostal president of Church Together in England. Heidi Crowter, a young advocate for people with Down’s Syndrome and Thelma Commey, the current Methodist Youth president, will also participate in the service.
The service includes a number of prayers from children and music by internationally renowned worship leader Matt Redman and the choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields directed by Andrew Earis. A special version of the well-known hymn Amazing Grace, bringing together a diverse range of singers from across the UK, will also premiere, concluding the service.
Thy Kingdom Come began as a call to prayer to the Anglican Communion from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and has since mushroomed into a global movement bringing together 65 different denominations and traditions.
Usually characterised by mass gatherings and outdoor celebrations including last year’s Trafalgar Square celebrations, the campaign has had to adapt due the coronavirus pandemic, with many Christians participating in their homes.
The service will be interpreted into British Sign Language throughout and subtitles are also available.
The service can be watched on the Church of England’s website, Facebook page or YouTube channel at 9am Sunday 31st May.
Other services in the Archdeaconry
Rev Paul Strudwick, the Anglican Church in Menorca (live at 10am CET): http://anglicanchurchmenorca.com/worship-for-sunday-31-may/
Note that CET is BST+1, so it will be at 9am Tenerife and UK time.
Fr.Marcus of Costa Blanca: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhQZDkHi4X-DnMeH3VgMwQ
Rev Bob Horrocks from the Fuerteventura church: https://fuertechurch.org/online-worship-slot/
Canon Medhat at St John's Casablanca: https://youtu.be/xGtf7R8ULjo
Fr.Stan Evans at St Laurence Lanzarote: https://youtu.be/1IInxkmdqJQ
Whilst All Saints' (Tenerife North) are not streaming services, they do have a lot of resources on their website https://allsaintstenerife.org/
Today's daily prayer and reading:
We are offering prayer for anyone who wishes. At present we have a team of 13 who are handling any requests that come in. This prayer service can be accessed by leaving a message on our Facebook site (Anglican Church of St. Francis, South Tenerife) or by emailing Marisha (the church secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roadmap to physical services re-starting
In Revd John Poole's newsletters he has described some of the possibilities and issues. They are reproduced here.
Details of the state plan are now in the public domain. For more information, Tenerife-based Janet Anscombe’s website: www.janetanscombe.com provides very thorough and constantly updated information in English.
We enter phase 1 on Monday, 11th May. During this period a partial re-opening of our churches would be possible as long as we maintained an attendance level of just 30% of capacity. That would mean we could theoretically hold services in our churches once again from Sunday, 17th May subject to our Roman Catholic hosts doing the same. But we are not going to be ready by mid-month and for the following particular reasons:
Guidance (in reality rather stronger than that) has come from our Bishops about practical conditions for public worship once the lockdown has eased enough to permit it. Their detailed 3 page document gives no less than 27 points of advice/instruction which go far beyond the principles about hygiene and physical distancing that were put in place before the lockdown. For the priest at the altar it would be like Moses and Aaron having to obey every instruction from God in detail in the tabernacle of meeting – see Exodus 40! It seems clear that celebrating the Eucharist while trying to follow every detail ‘recommended’ would be impractical to the extent of making the worship experience unedifying if not thoroughly miserable. Revd Poole feels that we would be constantly focusing on ourselves and each other and trying so hard to ‘keep the rules’ that God would scarcely get a look in. And there would be no coffee fellowship afterwards.
A second issue is that many of us fall into that ‘vulnerable’ or ‘high risk’ category based on age or state of health and would likely not wish to take the risk of turning out to church at an early stage. In the Archdeacon’s online meeting with church officers, this matter was discussed and most who took part seemed to favour the end of June as a safer time to return to church. Revd Poole therefore proposes continuing as we are until the end of May and then, with the Church Council, review the situation in the light of improving conditions (hopefully) and possible updates to the instructions or recommendations. By that time we will hopefully be in phase 2 of the de-escalation plan where it will be permitted to hold services with up to 50% of the capacity attending.
We also have some information about how our Roman Catholic hosts are going to be handling the situation. This is important as we are sharing their church buildings and in some matters their advice could supersede that given by our own Bishops whose instructions are necessarily very comprehensive and open to some adjustment in the light of local conditions. Fr Macario outlined a possible programme of return to church for his own communities and advised that the earliest date for a (RC) Mass at San Blas would be 24th May but it is as yet by no means certain. Therefore early June will be the most likely earliest time for us to be ready to return to church. We can expect additional advice from FEREDE the Madrid-based organisation that guarantees our legal status as a Church community.
We will continue to provide live streamed and other online worship, the details of which are on this site.
Update from newsletter 24/5/20
There is nothing further to report on our churches being available and ready for actual worship once again. We will look carefully at how things are developing after next weekend. There is some good news in that our charity shop is going to reopen this week, subject of course to all the latest hygiene and distancing regulations. Our best wishes to Margaret and the volunteers.
Los Gigantes (also known as Espiritu Santo),
serving the western part of our chaplaincy, including Alcala and Puerto de Santiago
For more information about Los Gigantes click here
serving the southern part of our chaplaincy, including Los Cristianos, Las Americas and Adeje
For more information about San Eugenio click here
serving the eastern part of our chaplaincy including Golf Del Sur, El Medano and Los Abrigos
For more information about San Blas click here
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