You may have seen on the news that the
Archbishop of Canterbury has announced the
suspension of all church services. This is
unprecedented - but then so are the
circumstances in which we find ourselves. We're
not given any room for discretion: we have to
follow orders on this one.
I'd have liked to be able to call an emergency
PCC meeting, but that's the very opposite of
what we should be doing. So I'll be meeting with
the wardens tomorrow, to discuss our options. We
may propose keeping the church open during the
day, perhaps giving people the opportunity to
light a candle. Any of you are welcome to send
in suggestions of ways we might try to mitigate
this closing down of our services.
I'm also meeting the leaders of our two councils
on Friday, to see how we can work together to
support each other within the wider community.
It's easy for individuals to slip through the
net, so we'll work to coordinate communication
throughout the SUN villages as well as our more
Above all, let's resolve to follow St Paul's
advice, to 'pray without ceasing'. I won't
narrow your range by suggesting the petitions
you should offer up: a friend of mine talks of
'drenching the world with prayer', and that is
what we'll need to do.
You'll hear more news as soon as it becomes
I'll finish with advice that the Bishop of
Oxford has just sent to all the clergy: 'Please
continue to watch over yourself and your family,
as well as watching over others and being
available to them.'
With love and all good wishes
John Paton - Rector