Church of England Diocese of Guildford St. Andrew Farnham

Services Online on again, but Church open for Private Prayer

11 Jan 2021, 1 a.m.
Church_news Notices
Now that Boris has addressed the nation, in the light of the shocking advance of the new variant, we want to be sure you are aware of our church family plans. 

The main message nationally is a very plain and simple one: “stay at home”.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">The Bishop of London who is co-ordinating the C of E response has had this to say:</span>

“The Prime Minister’s words tonight underline the severity of the situation for the country, as the virus continues to spread rapidly. At a time like this, the Church is here to offer comfort and spiritual support to everyone. We have a duty to care for each other, but particularly those who are vulnerable or who may be most at risk.

<div><div>“The Government has chosen not to suspend public worship in England at this time and we will continue to follow the guidance and ensure that churches remain as safe as possible. The Government guidance on the safe use of places of worship makes clear that those attending a place of worship must not mingle with anyone outside their household or support bubble.</div>

“However, some may feel that it is currently better not to attend in person, and there will be parishes which decide to offer only digital services for the time-being. Clergy who have concerns, and others who are shielding, should take particular care and stay at home.

In the light of this, and in order to stand in solidarity with so many others who have had to “cease trading”, “shut up shop” or refrain from “opening for business”, and in order to protect the NHS and save lives by reducing opportunities for the new variant of the virus to spread, we would like to suggest that:

a. we keep our church building open, as at present, for private<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> prayer: Mon to Fri 8am to 12noon; but that </span>

b. we take our public services on-line (Sundays and mid-week)<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> once again.</span>