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June’s Messenger is ready to read!

Again, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we’re still not able to deliver a printed copy; we hope to be back in print for next month’s edition. In the meantime, please share the link below to the PDF version.

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If you are self-isolating during the COVID-19 situation or in a vulnerable group, your community is here to help.

Our monthly gathering for people of any faith or no faith to explore life and its issues in the context of contemporary Christian Worship.

Join us at 6pm on Sunday.

Our parish magazine is available to read, and like last month, anyone can view it here. We hope that next month we might be back to a printed version.

Please download it from here and read it on your phone, tablet or computer.

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.”

The church building is open daily, even during this crisis

As you will all be aware, we are in unprecedented times, with a global-scale health emergency the like of which has never been seen before. This means that life has already changed, and it means the church has to change, too.

With immediate effect, all acts of public worship are suspended. So until further notice, there will be no public services in any of our churches. However, thanks to technology, we will be live-streaming an act of worship each Sunday at 10:30am – details to follow.

All meetings, groups and events planned for the foreseeable future will still be happening, but they will be online, using Zoom, Facebook Live or Youtube – watch out for the links.

Although public acts of worship are cancelled, the church is still very much alive. Your church building remains open for private prayer, quiet time or lighting a candle.

Very soon, we will be launching a helpline number based in Cawston, but covering all of the villages in this group of parishes. This will be a number people can call to get additional help with shopping if they are self isolating, or just a friendly ear if they are bored-stiff from staring at 4 walls – this is being developed in conjunction with a wide range of people in the village including the school and local businesses.

Though we clearly face tough times, it is fantastic to see people pulling together. Remember to support our local businesses and keep abreast of the latest advice from the government website.

Revd. Andrew Whitehead

The great news is that after 8 months of closure due to our extensive repairs project, the church is due to reopen to the public on Monday 9th September. Though there is still work to do in the church, most of the building is accessible, and visitors are welcome. The church will be open daily from 9:15am until dusk.