Coronavirus - COVID-19
Latest information about All Saints in the Pandemic
This is closure of our building and of our public worship and meetings, but it is even more a challenge to be more prayerful, more caring, closer and more creative disciples.
The Coronavirus is becoming an increasing concern in the UK as it is around the world.
Now the infection has been declared a Pandemic, we have been forced to implement some drastic changes in access and our life as a church.
All public worship has been suspended and we have been ordered to lock the buildings from midnight on 23 March for at least three weeks. The Parish Centre will be similarly closed.
Prayer will be offered daily, morning and evening in the Rectory, and The Holy Eucharist will be offered there on Sunday morning and other days to be notified. A team of parishioners will maintain a pattern of morning and evening prayers in their own homes during the lock-down. Please email Fr Richard on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish that he or others should pray for you or someone else.
Your priests will offer the Holy Eucharist on behalf of and for the benefit of the whole parish on Sunday. We shall soon provide a list of other times when clergy will say the Holy Eucharist for your, our village, the church and the world. All prayer and offering of the Holy Eucharist will be done privately in the Rectory and in others' houses.
Please keep checking the website.
Prayer and fellowship
Please keep praying. Our prayer list will be updated and placed on this site every Sunday. Please make Sunday a particular day of prayer. Watch and pray with our parish Eucharist as soon as it is available. At 7pm, join other christians across the country and beyond by placing a lighted candle in your front window, and spending time in prayer. We are developing some ways of meeting together online. Just being able to see each other and chat whilst "sharing" a cup of coffee in our own places of safety will be a huge blessing. We are a caring and loving church community and we must keep that alive, even though ever more stringent rules will keep us apart in person. We will find out as soon as possible what permissions might be given for persons fetching food and medicine for people who are on the list of 1.5m people placed in even greater isolation to protect them from infection.
Church of England Guidance
If you'd like to read the full Church of England Guidance, it is available by clicking here.
Government advice on avoiding infection.
As of midnight on 23 March you must stay at home. You may travel to work if that work is on the list of roles that is considered essential. You may go out occasionally to buy food or medical needs, though it is recommended that you should have it delivered. You may take one period of exercise either alone or with a member of your household each day. Otherwise, you must remain at home for at least the next three weeks. The police have powers to stop you if you are about for any other purpose.