Posted on: 24th Mar 2020
Updated statement from Rector
In the light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended, and churches closed until further notice.
Funerals may still take place, but the PM’s restrictions apply for safety’s sake.
Sadly, our churches have now to close.
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.
It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson: (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020) of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions.
There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.
In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.” A fuller statement will follow.
Prayers will be said by the clergy on behalf of everyone and we are exploring ways of sharing this with the wider community. Digital resources will continue to be made available on this website. Daily prayers will be said for the community and the Eucharist with intercessions will be celebrated on behalf of all on each Sunday and Feast Day as far as possible and uploaded to this website.
With my prayers for you and your families and neighbours
The Rev’d A W Forrest