Lock down, a message from Rector Steve

A message from Rector Steve and the team clergy

This message was read out at our services this morning 01.11.2020

Dear friends

We, along with many of you, watched the Prime Minister’s press conference last night with a mixture of deep emotions.

We acknowledge that there are diverging views and responses to these restrictions, but we want to be careful to observe as carefully as we can the measures applied in this new lockdown. We have a responsibility to cooperate with what the government is doing to limit the spread of this disease, and to be compliant with what the Church of England as a leadership body is asking of us. This new lockdown will place an additional burden on all of us, not least on those who are mentally and emotionally vulnerable.

As people of faith we hold hope and present experience in tension. We acknowledge how we are feeling, but we need to process those feelings in the light of our calling to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. It’s especially important that during these pressured times we take our spiritual nourishment from these fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Our churches can remain open for private prayer, but there will be no services in our churches from next week until the 6th December. Weddings will be cancelled or postponed, but funerals may continue. What Remembrance Sunday events were planned for will now have to be cancelled.
We continue with Morning and Night Prayer at 9:30 and 21:00 on Facebook live and with Morning Prayer on Zoom at 11:00 on Sunday mornings.

If you would like to chat to one of us, we would love that, our contact details are on the pew leaflet or from your churchwarden/s.

God bless
Revs Steve, Liz and Dave