A Letter from the Rector 23.3.20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Now what?
On Tuesday 17th March, the Church of England made an announcement that there is to be an immediate suspension of all public worship. This announcement has far reaching implications on our community and our congregations and could last for several months. It will impact not only the normal church services but also many other activities related to our churches and the Parish Centre. There will be consequences in relation to our Easter celebrations, weddings, baptisms and funerals. Please be aware that the situation is fluid and the guidance can change daily. I will endeavour to give some guidance on this evolving and changing situation and how we can adopt, improvise and overcome. So that we can still function as faithful followers of Christ in an uncertain world. Every time we look at ways to function as a faithful community, something changes and we are left in a cycle of reacting to reactions, which is likely to lead to overreaction.
The wonderful thing about prayer is that, we can pray at all times and in all places, we don’t need to be in church to do it. For those who prefer to follow a more structured format for prayer, the Church of England website, (see p7 and rear cover), can give you guidance on this. There are many websites and phone apps that can be used for prayer. I would recommend the C of E Daily Prayer App, which has a free and a pay option. We can join, if not physically, at least spiritually at 9am every morning to pray using the Common Worship app or the web site, or the Common Worship Daily Prayer book if you have one.
We also need to keep in contact with each other to insure we can give support as and when needed. It would be useful if we take note of a few people within our community and keep in contact with them. If they need to self-isolate, then we will know when it started and when it is due to end and give support if required. This would be particularly useful for those who are vulnerable and alone. If everyone takes care of one or two people each, then hopefully we will be able to give timely support, so that no one will have to suffer alone.
Remember we should be careful, sensible, prudent and also have a sense of perspective.
Our Lord taught us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Let us show that as Christians we can do that with willingness and a joyful heart.
A few inspirational and comforting scripture references:
Palms 23, 91, 103, 121; Isaiah 6:8; Jeremiah 29:11; Matthew 11:28-30, John 3:16; John 14:1-6; Romans 8: 38-39; Romans 10: 9-11.
If you have any queries on any of the above, please contact me via -Mobile No: 07725965120 or e-mail - email@example.com.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace. Rev Mark