Church of England COVID-19 Guidance to Parishoners
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops have written to clergy in support of the measures and again on 27 March, requiring that churches must now close both for private worship and public services. Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice.
For more information, and to read the guidance provide by the Church of England, please follow this link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes
With the current advice form the Church of England (CofE) to cancel all worship in churches, we are faced with Sundays without any worship in our parishes. The CofE are recommending that we use the Simple Morning Prayer service published in the Common Worship Prayer Book for all worship in our own homes. I attach a copy of this and we would obviously use simply the Sunday version. This is in PDF format.
Please also now find linked, copies of a fully revised service for use at home on Sundays and an associated sheet with a short ’Thought for the week’ and various prayers that can be used at home with the service. Do please circulate these as widely as possibly within your parish so that we can maintain our congregations as a worshipping fellowship. Even though we must worship at home, we can still worship together.
Please also note that the services are being published on the Leadon Vale website www.zymology.net/leadonvale and may be slightly updated if need be before Sunday.
Do let me know if the service is helpful or can be improved in any way. I am very grateful for those who took the trouble to let me have some feedback and comments on last Sunday’s service which have been taken into account in the revised service
Also please note that we are being encouraged to make use of the service being broadcast on BBC 1 at 10:45am on Sunday morning. Do check before hand that this time does not change as their schedules are inevitably somewhat flexible at present.