On Thursday (12/3/20) the Prime Minister advised that the peak of the COVID-19 crisis is likely to be within the next four weeks. It is therefore important that we as ‘church’ are as prepared as we practically can be. There will be significant changes to how we gather and worship. As Priests we are considering a number of options that protect ourselves, those attending services, those we visit etc.


BUT in line with national guidance our churches will be suspending the common cup. This means that communion will be taken in one kind only, the wine being consumed only by the priest. It is important that we look after ourselves and those around us, in raising our standards of hygiene and to maintain those standards. When you come to church please wash your hands or use the hand gel provided. Sharing the peace will not involve shaking hands. Blessings will be said without contact. This is the guidance for the time being.

Christ calls us to look after our neighbours, and within our church history we have a strong tradition of doing just that. Please look out for your neighbours, particularly those who are older. This reiterates the call in Fr John’s pastoral letter that was issued with the newsletter.

We continue to pray for all those affected in any way by coronavirus.