Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update - 13th January 2021
It has become clear that we are, most likely, in the darkest days of this pandemic. There is growing pressure on the NHS and an increased risk of infection presented by the new variant. In a change from the last two lockdowns, the government has not ordered churches in England to close for worship. However, in consultation with the Church Wardens and PCC, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend public worship in all three churches in this parish until further notice. This is in order to reduce the risk of infection from leaving our homes and gathering together for services. We all recognise the vital role communal worship plays in our spiritual and mental wellbeing. However, as a church we are also called to care for our community and keep people safe, especially the more vulnerable who make up a significant part of our usual congregation. We will continue to live stream the 10am Parish Eucharist each week from Holy Trinity, with just those involved in leading the service and music present in church. Most other churches in our diocese have also decided to close at this time.
In the meantime we continue to offer pastoral care through our Contact Teams and will be ringing those we know who are not on the internet to inform them of the situation concerning worship and to offer them support and prayer on the phone if they would like this. I realise that many people will be disappointed to see the church doors closed once again, but we continue to affirm the presence of Jesus with us wherever we are and strive to love our neighbours as best we can, even though, strangely, this means keeping separated from one another at the moment.
May God bless us all and keep us safe.
The Rev'd Patrick Taylor
Vicar of The Parish of Straford-upon-Avon