Church of England Diocese of Chichester Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs

IMPORTANT NOTICE 24/03/2020

Important Notice

Update as at 24 March 2020 from the Archbishops:

"Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, it is imperative that for the health of the nation and in order for the National Health Service itself to manage the increase in those requiring medical help, the Church of England strictly observes the new guidelines on staying at home and only making journeys that are absolutely necessary, such as shopping for essential items and to take daily exercise.

Our church buildings must now be closed not only for public worship, but for private prayer as well and this includes the priest or lay person offering prayer in church on their own. We must take a lead in showing our communities how we must behave in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.

We must also do all that we can to provide resources and support for those who are isolated, fearful and vulnerable. But we have to do this from our homes. A number of national online resources (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online) including weekly streamed services and daily audio, as well as additional worship provision on the BBC are there to help us, and more are on their way.

It is also imperative that as the Church of Jesus Christ, called to offer hope and light in the darkness of this world’s ills, we maintain a praying presence for our community, though from today onwards this must happen from our hearts and from our homes."

It will be very strange not to be having services and meeting together but we are still the Body of Christ, knit together in His love.  Praying for each other and keeping in touch with those you know well or those you think might be isolated will help.  As the Archbishops tell us, '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 don't hesitate to keep in touch and let us have your prayer requests on this email address: [email protected]

 

With our prayers and best wishes

Emma

The Rev'd Emma Graeme

Rector

The Parish of Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs

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