Covid 19 corona virus

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Dear Friends,

You may or may not yet have heard; but following Government's stronger advice on 16th March 2020, restricting the spread of the Coronavirus, the Archbishops of York and Canterbury have today issued the instruction to the Church of England that no services or gatherings are to take place in Churches for the time being - beginning today.
This will mean no usual church services, morning prayer, midweek services, Lent groups, toddler groups, ladies fellowship or baptisms. You can read their words here.

I know this will be a huge shock to many in our church, and also to the wider community in which we serve. But their letter affirms what we already know; that 'church' is much more than Sunday Services, and although this will be a sadness to us all, we will in the next few weeks and months find new ways to be church in our community.

The Archbishops remind us that these precautions are taken because of our responsibility to love our neighbours (not to contribute in any way to the spreading of the COVID-19 corona virus).
It does not mean, however, that we stop being ‘The church'. Rather, we are invited to experiment - and be creative - with praying, worshipping and serving each other differently.

For example, some excellent online resources for daily prayer can be found on the Church of England's website.

As things settle, and we begin to understand our situation better, we will need to think about how we can provide sustainable care and support to the most vulnerable and isolated in our parish. We will hope to innovate new ways to worship and pray as a community; we will try to open the doors of the church for prayer and reflection, (but not for services); we will try to use technology and creativity to nurture and support the lives of those for whom our care does not stop; we will continue to pray for all affected by this virus, both physically - but also economically and mentally.

Our overall aim will be to offer support to those who need it, and the opportunity to continue connecting with God through the ministry of the church throughout the coming crisis. I will be updating details as they arise or change.

Please help us to be the very best we can be in these challenging times,

With love and every blessing,

Gary