“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
You have already heard that midweek activities in our churches have stopped for the time being. We have now received this advice from the Church of England:
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
This means that there will be no church services in Trull or Angersleigh this Sunday and for the foreseeable future – but that doesn’t mean that our serving as the church, the Body of Christ, has stopped.
We shall be looking at ways to keep in touch with our congregations and to provide spiritual and practical support.
We are aware of the needs of the wider community, particularly those who are having to stay at home, and are exploring ways to help, in partnership with others.
When Andy returns and the staff have met to make plans, they will let you know more.
Meanwhile let’s think and pray and act for those who we know that are most affected by these circumstances.
Yours in Christ
If you wish to see the Church of England’s advice in more detail, please follow these links:
Bishop Peter has posted this prayer, which you may like to use:
Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19. Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.
We pray for all medical staff and emergency services as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients, especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world. Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.
We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease, and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.
Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen.