We do wonder whether the church has ever been closed in this country, even during the Black Death in the C14th, but sadly during this crisis all churches are temporarily closed. Even rural churches where people may well visit alone to pray or reflect about their lives have still been told to temporarily close. There is then nowhere for people to focus on their predicament. However the church is still a focus for many people, especially when they are unable to be with a loved one that has died as a result of Covid-19.
This Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem we have placed a rough cross at the Church where people can drop natural flowers in memory of those who have died, or are sick, or for those that care for us and place themselves at risk. We have asked for no messages or gatherings or anything that can transmit the virus. It is just a cross, a rough symbol of found timbers which are bound together that may well reflect the lonely cross that Jesus died on this coming Friday (Good Friday) before he re-appeared in the quiet of the garden on Sunday.