Church of England Diocese of Oxford Basildon

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statement based on latest advice (March 13)

15 Mar 2020, 8:30 p.m.

We have produced a Continuity/Contingency Plan and this will be held in the Church vestries. The Reverend Heather Parbury, our Area Dean has key responsibility during the continuing interregnum with the Churchwardens for ensuring that all necessary steps are taken. Please contact her on 0118 9842928 or [email protected] Her nominated deputy is the Revd Katy Weston (07765 255569 [email protected]).

We want to reassure you all that we have put a protocol in place to ensure that all church services and activities as well as pastoral care continue as long as government guidelines allow.

We have taken some immediate steps and, under instruction from the Church of England, we have suspended the administration of the chalice during Holy Communion as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace, blessing or “laying on of hands”. We will not ‘pass the plate’ for collections and activities and services will not have any catering for the present. Please donate your collection as you come into church or directly through the bank. Thank you for your understanding at this trying time.

We will be issuing regular communications through our email lists, social media and magazines and parish websites. We would ask you to take a look at the NHS’s latest advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ .

If you are not feeling well, have a cough or fever, please do not attend church but let us know immediately so we can pray for you and provide any assistance necessary. Please also do not attend if you have recently returned from a high risk country or have been in contact with someone you believe has the virus. Please also have a duty of care for your neighbour: if there is anyone for whom you are concerned, please let us know.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We do hope that all of you continue to stay well during this difficult period and that we can all return to normality as soon as possible.