The following news update from The Church of England is sad but not unexpected:
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. Churches should be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place.
This means that there will be no church services in the churches across the Crosslacon Parish for a while but we will keep St Paul’s OPEN, every day from 10am – 3pm for you to pray and have a place in which you can be still and reflect and hold yourself, your loved ones and all those affected by this pandemic in your prayers. We will be putting up prayer spaces for folks to use which will provide spiritual support at this difficult time.
We would ask that those who come in to abide by the Government’s guidance and wash your hands before entering and upon leaving. There are toilets in the church or you can use hand gel as well if you have some! We would also encourage folks to sit a couple of metres apart from each other. We will endeavour to keep frequently touched surfaces clean.
I’ll be posting more on what that might look like in the next few days. We hope that you will find comfort and solace and strength in this place. In the meantime, I will be updating my Facebook page regularly and I will also be updating the website: crosslacon.net.
Do get in touch if I can be of any help or support at this time ….
A prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book for People Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.