Response to the latest Coronavirus Advice from the Archbishops – 18th March 2020

Brothers and sisters yesterday we received further communication from our Archbishops and Bishop regarding the impact of the Coronavirus on our Church life.

With immediate effect our public worship services have ceased, this means our normal pattern of Holy Communions midweek in Croston on Wednesday morning and our Sunday worship in all three churches at the various times in our three churches have been cancelled.

We are in the process of contacting families who have booked baptisms to inform them that up to the end of April at the very least they have been cancelled, they can be arranged for a later date when things become clearer.

I am currently seeking further clarification regarding the impact this will have on our bookings for Weddings and our funeral ministry and will issue further updates in due course as things become a little clearer.

Support Groups are being set up across our three villages and we will work together with these groups to support our vulnerable friends and neighbours.

Over the next few days we will be looking at how we can continue to be church in these challenging times that we all face and I am sure the strength of our Church and village communities will shine through at this time as we all pull together to support one another – we are all in this together.

This reminds me of our Lords command: ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ John 13:34-35

The suspension of our public worship will sadden many of us but we are still united through our faith, so please do continue to seek Gods guidance and continue to pray, especially for the most vulnerable and those directly affected by this virus.  Pray also for our leaders who have such difficult decisions to take, and don’t forget all those who continue to serve us through our health services at such a difficult time for them.

Do let others know about this current situation especially those who don’t use social media or emails and look after yourselves and one another and if you know of anyone who is vulnerable, isolated or concerned do let us know.

With love and Prayers

Rev. Michael (Rector) revmwoods@gmail.com 01772 600 548

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