Last updated 00:08 Tuesday 24, March 2020
- Added link to key workers, with more detailed advice on social-distancing.
- Parish Walk cancelled
- Bishop of St Albans’ article moved to worship page.
The necessary response to current pandemic is changing every aspect of our lives. It is good to remind ourselves of the truth that God does not change and that his love is constant.
2 Timothy 2:13, ESV: “if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
Our Church life is changing, but we will continue to worship in love, and reach out in service. As of Monday evening (23 March) both our churches are closed for all purposes. All church services and activities where we meet together, including the Parish Walk, are suspended until further notice. However, materials are being provided online.
Advice and guidance from Her Majesty’s Government and the Church of England is expanded and refined daily. In summary, to help stop the spread:
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
- to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
- to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
NHS guidance is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Government issued the following list of key workers for schooling. It contains, in the first paragraph, more detailed Government advice on:
Church of England guidance is here: https://www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus
Please be assured of our prayers and support at an unsettling time. If you are self-isolating, or are aware of others who may be isolated because of these circumstances, please let us know so we can try to keep in touch and offer support.