The coronavirus crisis has meant many of our community will decide it would be wise not to attend church across this time. Our first priority is to help prevent the spread of the virus and to protect those of our parish family who would be most vulnerable if they contracted the illness. We have many elderly parishioners and some who would be in a high risk category given other health issues.
We would seek to support all of our community at this time, and clearly the situation will require us to be responsive to different needs in different ways. It will be important to maintain social connection if we are to support one another. To that end we suggest the following;
- Ensure the parish has your up to date contact details.
- Advise us if there is any support you need. Are you self-isolating and need help with shopping or to obtain other necessities? Would you be prepared to shop for others?
- Don’t hesitate to call or email Sue or the office. If pastoral visits are not possible, a phone conversation can be the next best thing. Are there people you could call who would appreciate a chat?
Currently all of our parish activities are continuing, though with modifications to allow for social distancing.
We are pursuing options for live-streaming our services so those who choose not to attend can still be included in our worship. We will communicate these alternatives via email, Facebook and our website once arrangements have been made.
We pray for all those who are suffering from this illness, for those who seek to treat and prevent it and for all those who are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety.
Let us care for one another, whatever our situation and need.
Grace and peace,