Church & the Coronavirus - 17.02.20
Today, there was a statement released by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury suspending Sunday and midweek church services. Therefore there will be NO services at either All Saints or Holy Trinity for the foreseeable future.
Secondly, we need to do church a bit differently. Here is a link to the Church of England website with some prayers or services you can do at home - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-liturgy-and-prayer-resources
Whilst we are not meeting as a congregation, that doesn't mean we need to lose touch with one and other. Please still check in on each other, via phone or email. Similarly, let Terry, Val or Sue know if you need particular pastoral support. If you or someone you know has to self-isolate, but needs help getting the essentials, please let us know and we will do what we can to help.
We have also cancelled all Children's & Youth activities, including Messy Church and the Easter Event (that was due to take place at Holy Trinity on the 4th April).
This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, Church leaders have called for a day of prayer and action, remembering especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service. As one action, they are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished. If you are able to, we encourage you to please join them.
Whilst there are challenging times ahead, we know that Church is not just a building, it's a community of people. So despite not meeting in the usual way, please continue to hold each other in our prayers and offer help where possible.
Hazel Winstanley, 17/03/2020