Our Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Saturday 14th March 2020
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Diocese have been monitoring the continuing situation regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and Fr Graham, Reverend Sharon & Margaret have also been considering the best way to minimise the risk of transmission of this virus.
From TODAY – Saturday 14th March 2020
- For the time being we suspend administration of the Chalice.
- Administer Communion standing – please follow guidance
- The peace will be given by the Priest from the Altar, but physical signs of sharing the Peace will be suspended for now. However, the peace we share is The Peace of God in our hearts towards each other, and this can be done with a warm smile and non-physical gesture just as well.
- Likewise, for the time being, the President and preacher will not be shaking hands at the door as we say goodbye to one another.
- In line with the guidance given by Lambeth Palace we shall be suspending various social aspects of our Church life.
Various meetings will be suspended – see notice-sheet.
- We shall not be offering drinks in the Church Hall following Sunday worship or in Church after the Thursday morning service.
- Further updates on good practice will be issued
As a Church congregation we would ask for regular prayer and intercession for all affected or frightened by this virus, and that we continue to care and minister to each other in the strength and grace of God.
The Diocese has offered a prayer for us to use at this time and Bishop Peter commends its use.
Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19. Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.
We pray for all medical staff and emergency services as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients, especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world. Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.
We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease, and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.
Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen