ALL PLACES OF WORSHIP ARE NOW CLOSED.
Archbishops and Bishops: stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close
We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed. Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
The Archbishops and Bishops 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.
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.
In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.
The Revd CanonRobin Gamble has produced a YouTube talk entitled Jesus has Corona Virus. click of the link below:
HELP FROM KIRKLEES
Kirklees Council has opened a dedicated Covid-19 Community Helpline for those who need support in this period. Individuals can ask for support. Individuals and organisations can seek help for individuals they are concerned about.
press on the link below: