This week is Second Week of Easter


COVID-19 - Update 23-03-2020

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that all churches are to close with immediate effect to help halt the spread of Coronavirus. Download letter to clergy issued on 24 March 2020.

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

The latest national guidance, supported by Bishop David, is that

  • All Church of England churches will close with immediate effect both for public worship and for private prayer 
  • There will also be no weddings or baptisms
  • Funerals can still go ahead but within strict limits with only the closest family in attendance and essential physical distancing measures in place (we expect more information on this soon)
  • notice explaining that the church is closed should be displayed on the church door (personalise with your church details)
  • Livestreaming is permissibly from homes and is to be encouraged

The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, said “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”

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