Corona Virus

CORONA VIRUS

Advice is changing daily and we will update our information in the light of any new advice and guidance.

The Archbishops of the Church of England have suspended public worship in our churches until further notice and we also have ceased all our other church related activities at present. Our facilities are also closed to all other hirers. The church is now locked.

However, the Parish Church will remain open as a place of prayer and quiet sanctuary, a place where you can come to light a candle and be still.   As the Archbishops rightly say, this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop.”

The parish priest will continue to say the daily offices of morning and evening prayer and the eucharist will be offered daily. So, please be assured that when the church bell rings prayers are being offered for you, your families, for the people of the parish, for our country, for the countries of the world, and for all who are affected by the corona virus. We also plan to produce resources to help people pray at home.

It is difficult to comprehend the impact of the virus and the implcations for the population and what life will be like. We are very much aware of the isolation many in our community will feel and it is encouraging  the way the community is coming together to offer help and support.

The church is exploring ways of keeping in touch with people and how best to offer help and support.  We have set up a PASTORAL HELP LINE which is available to all who isolated, anxious and alone.  The phone number is 07393559028.   Please do get in touch if you need any help or simply what to talk. We will also be telephoning people and keeping in touch the best we can.

The Parish office will be closed until further notice. The Parish administrator is now working from home and can be contacted via telephone on 01263 713479 or via email standrewsholt@btinternet.com (normal office hours are Mondays 10am – 2pm or Thursdays and Fridays 10am-3.30pm).

The Rector, Fr. Howard can be contacted Tel. 01263 712048,

email: holtrectory@tiscali.co.uk

Please be assured of the Church’s prayer for all those affected by the current situation.

Prayers

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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