Guidance from the Archbishop's of Canterbury and York

On Tuesday 17th March, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York announced that all public worship in Church of England churches is to be suspended for the time-being. That means that regular Sunday and any weekday services are cancelled until further notice. The Church is therefore thinking of more creative ways of praying together and supporting our communities in this fast-moving situation. Clergy will continue to pray daily for their communities and are inviting people to ask for prayer for their loved ones or any situation they are concerned about. We are not ‘pulling up the draw-bridge’ and remain committed to prayer and concern for all who live in our villages and worship with us, as well as ‘visiting’, even if that means by phone. 

In their letter to all Church of England clergy, the Archbishops said this:

“Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead. Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support. Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it.”

“We have called, along with our fellow church leaders, for a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday - Mothering Sunday (22nd March). Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday, please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service. As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.”

Link to full text of the letter: Archbishop's Letter

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