Suspension of Services and Activities in response to COVID-19
In line with the advice from the Government and from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York normal Sunday services and other mid-week activity and meetings has been suspended with immediate effect.
As the Archbishops said: “Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead. Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.”
We recognise the significant impact this will have on all who are part of the Church or associated with it, and our prayer is that the suspension will be for as short a period as possible. We are already considering ways in which we can maintain contact with each other through other means and we are already working to put in place arrangements to ensure that all, and especially those who are vulnerable, lonely and in need at this time, are supported, both spiritually and physically.
One action we are planning is to ensure St Mary’s church is open on a daily basis for those in our town and community who wish to come to church for prayer or to find a listening ear. More information on this and other initiatives will be available from our website (http://www.stmarysrisborough.org.uk/) and through facebook (https://en-gb.facebook.com/stmarysrisborough/).
Along with churches across the country we will join in a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday – Mothering Sunday (22nd March). Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service. We are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.