Church of England Diocese of Leeds Woodhouse and Wrangthorn

COVID-19 UPDATE: A Letter from Revd Adrian Smith, March 19th, 2020

19 Mar 2020, 10:30 a.m.
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I wanted to update you about how we as a church community are seeking to respond to the impact of Covid-19, the coronavirus, and assure you of our love and prayers in these uncertain times.

The coronavirus situation is changing rapidly, and the government has now issued advice asking everyone, including churches, to limit social contact. Additionally, the Archbishops have issued advice that all public worship should be suspended. In light of this, we’ve decided we should close all our normal gatherings for the time being, so that we can focus on two priorities: pastoral care of each other and serving our local parish community.

This means we will not meet together physically for our Sunday services, or for any other group, event, or activity for the time being (including small groups and ParkRun hospitality). We do not know how long this season will last for, but it is likely to be 2 or 3 months.

We are exploring ways in which we can continue to be encouraged in our faith at these challenging times. This Sunday, 22nd March, a service from St George’s will be livestreamed at 10.30am, so that we can gather together online to worship God, to pray for our city and the world, and to hear from God's word. Details of how to join in online are on our website (www.wrangthorn.org.uk).

The church leadership at Wrangthorn are praying, planning and preparing for what lies ahead. We are working on plans to enable regular communication and make resources widely available. We are also working on a pastoral care plan, so that we can care for each other effectively as the situation unfolds.

If you are self-isolating, especially if you live on your own, please let the church office know (email [email protected] or leave a voicemail on 0113 380 0849). If you need help - either practically or because you are feeling overwhelmed - please reach out. If you are aware of other people who need help beyond what you can offer yourself, please let us know.

Amidst all the uncertainty, let us not forget that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the one who assures us that he will never leave us, never turn his back on us, never walk away. So my prayer for us all is unashamedly not that God would be with us, for he has promised to be so, but that we would have eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to feel and minds to know that he is here. With my love and prayers,

Adrian