As you will be aware all public worship is suspended until further notice.
There will be no services and no social activities taking place until guidance is received to say that this will be safe.
This Sunday is Mothering Sunday and is designated as a National Day of Prayer.
Bishop Jill writes:
“This Sunday is a National Day of Prayer and Action for the Coronavirus epidemic. In our nation, we have seen astonishing answers to prayer at times of national crisis. On 4th August 1918, George V called for a National Day of Prayer, 100 days later the armistice was signed to end the First World War. On 22nd May 1940, George VI called for a National Day of Prayer, this was followed by the “miracle of Dunkirk” where miraculous numbers of Allied troops were rescued. We are asking for God to stop the spread of this virus, to protect all those whose lives and livelihoods are at threat, to give our government great wisdom. May he banish fear and sow seeds of faith and hope that cause us to serve outwards as a community and nation. We encourage you to use this opportunity to pray, act and to light a candle of hope”.
You may wish to use the following prayer, on Sunday, and throughout this crisis:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.