Coronavirus – Church response

Suspension of services and other meetings …. but Church life continues

The Government  issued revised Corona virus advice on 17th March –  in essence to avoid gatherings, crowded places and non-essential travel.  The Church of England at national level has since taken the decision to suspend public worship until further notice.

That means there will be no Sunday services at KPC until we are given the go ahead to resume by the national church.  We are also postponing all church organised meetings and activities for the time being, including the APCM scheduled for 25th March, home groups and other events whether on church premises or otherwise.  Separate advice has been issued to education establishments and therefore the exception for us is Stepping Stones Pre-school.

Link to CofE Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

Message from Geoff Lanham, our Vicar

Dear friends,
We have been trying hard to keep abreast of developments in national Church of England policy around the coronavirus pandemic.

Apologies for previous communications now being out of date, but the latest advice today from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York is that “public worship is suspended until further notice.”  The national church has obviously reflected hard on the implications of yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister and decided to put public worship on hold. This means that all our mid-week and Sunday services are cancelled pending future review at some point. 

We will continue to open the church as a place where people can go and pray in the week should they choose to.  The staff at KPC will also meet as a small group on a Sunday morning to pray and say a daily office together.  We will be worshipping in the church on your behalf.

We are currently devising a pastoral system for keeping in contact with the over 70s who are self-isolating.  Home group leaders are being asked to phone members of their own groups in this situation. For people not in home groups, we will be setting up a designated mobile to ring to ask for help or indicate that you would like regular phone contact.  David Pickering has agreed to co-ordinate a team of people who will keep in touch via phone. 

The staff will be considering how to provide spiritual support and input via the web, both for the KPC family but also our wider community. Bear with us in these first few days while we work out what’s possible.  It is our hope that sermons may still be recorded and placed on the website.

I know that the prospect of being out of contact with your normal networks and support systems might seem daunting and frightening for many of you. We will be providing ideas and guidance for how to embrace this enforced time alone and grow through the experience.  It will be a challenge, but by God’s grace we will be enabled to meet it.  As the Archbishops have said, “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.” May we learn how to pray more deeply, for ourselves, our community, nation and world.

God bless you all and keep following the advice of government.

Geoff Lanham.

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