Church of England Diocese of Lincoln Irnham

St Andrew’s Church, Irnham

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced that all regular public worship is to be suspended in our churches.

The instruction urges the clergy to maintain a pattern of daily Morning and Evening Prayer and, if appropriate, the institution of a daily celebration of the Eucharist.

In response to the Archbishops’ letter, all public worship is suspended until further notice.

Despite the suspension of the normal pattern of services, we are encouraged to ensure that our churches remain open for visitors and prayer. This will provide a sacred space in which people can find solace in Our Lord’s house as need and opportunity arises. Please do use our churches to offer your own prayers.

Also in response to the Archbishops’ letter, Revds Stephen and Aron will be conducting services of Morning and Evening Prayer, and a daily celebration of the Eucharist in St John’s Church, Corby Glen. During these services they will be holding everyone in their communities in prayer, as well as praying that these challenging times might soon come to an end.

The Archbishops realize that: ‘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.’ That ‘prayer and service’ does not only involve the daily worship of God but caring for neighbours, including continued support of initiatives such as the Food Bank.

Weddings and funerals can continue to take place, but under restricted circumstances. Please speak to Revd Stephen about this.

Let us continue to pray for our country, our leaders, our communities and the mission of our Church during these challenging times.

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The whole benefice is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance. For more details, including who to contact if you have any concerns, please see Promoting a safer church and Keeping Safe.

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