As a church we are keeping up to date on the situation relating to Covid-19 through Public Health England, the Government and the Diocese of Guildford.
Further information can be found on the following pages:
We have been putting in place safeguards for our staff, volunteers and congregation members and we are concerned to make sure that we all stay well during these very difficult times.
In line with the Church of England’s guidance we are now:
Following guidance from the Government and the National Church, we are immediately suspending all public worship. So there will be no Sunday services, weekday services, meetings or groups until further notice. This is primarily to safeguard our congregation and community. The parish office is closed to visitors to safeguard our administrator. There will also be no pastoral visiting.
However, this does not mean that we have shutdown. We will be returning to older technologies such as the telephone, and older church practices such as “worship at home” and encouraging daily prayer either on your own or with your close family. We will be saying Evening Prayer at home every night of the week at eight o’clock and you can follow the service at home using the service sheet on our ‘Prayer’ pages.
Being a disciple of Jesus is not just about what happens in Church, (that is the place where we celebrate our discipleship). It is about living out the Gospel in our daily life (in our homes, workplaces, friendship groups, and the community). So we are putting the necessary arrangements in place to make sure we keep in touch with all members of our church community and also reach out to help others.
If you need to self-isolate and have problems getting supplies, please don’t hesitate to be in touch so that we can support you.
We will also be trying to use some newer technologies to keep in contact and support us all in our isolation. We’ll give you news of these, as they develop, elsewhere on our website.
The next few months look like they are going to be a difficult time for individuals and for communities. and things may well get harder before they get easier, but we believe in a God who cares and gives us hope. We are a community of people who love and support each other in so many ways. We have no doubt this will continue as we face off the Covid-19 virus together.