Church of England Diocese of Oxford St. Paul, Bledlow Ridge

CORONAVIRUS - Church open for private prayer

1 Nov 2020, 8 a.m.
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CORONAVIRUS: An important message.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to Anglican churches regarding the Coronavirus:

“ Public worship will have to stop for a season. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop.”

This means that until further notice there will be no Sunday services in the West Wycombe benefice - at St Paul’s, West Wycombe, St Paul’s, Bledlow Ridge, St Botolph’s, Bradeham and St Mary the Virgin, Radnage.

However, following the recent Government announcement regarding the opening of places of worship for private prayer, St Paul's Church, Bledlow Ridge, will be open for private prayer during the day. Please follow guidance notes and instructions in or around the church regarding use of hand sanitisers and maintaining social distancing.

If you have a wedding or baptism planned our clergy will contact you.

The Archbishops also wrote:

“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. We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support. Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it. Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open. There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable, so do continue to play your part in those.”