Now that the Archbishops have formally suspended acts of public worship “for a season” (ie until further notice) and Bishop Christopher has written to the clergy of the Diocese, I felt that it was important to write to you.
Public worship may well have been paused for now – but the worship offered to Almighty God in All Saints’ will carry on. I will continue to say Morning Prayer at 0830 in the Lady Chapel, now privately on your behalf (if you wish to join me ‘spiritually’, I suggest that you use the Church of England * Daily Prayer app, which has Morning and Evening Prayer for each day). I plan to offer a simple Mass each Sunday (and potentially during the week) and we’re looking at how this could either be live streamed or in other ways put online to enable people to join in at home.
As requested by the Archbishops, we aim to keep the church open for certain hours most days so that people can light a candle, reflect or offer their own private prayers; please do look at the website and check our social media for times of opening. All Saints’ has been at the heart of Carshalton for over 1200 years and will continue to be a focus for hope in these difficult times. However, if you do come into church, please maintain the required standards of hygiene, using the sanitisers just inside the north and south doors and maintain a 2 metre physical distance from others in the building. I will also be putting online an order of service to enable people to make a Spiritual Communion when prevented from physically receiving the Sacrament.
If you have a specific prayer intention which you would like me to offer either at Morning Prayer or Mass, and you’re unable to get to church to leave it on the Prayer Board, please do email it through to me.
As a society, we are in unchartered territory. The picture is changing on a daily, almost hourly basis, both in the UK and globally. In all of that, it’s important that the more vulnerable in society are not forgotten; if you know of anyone who would value a conversation with me or anyone else in church, please do advise us; if there are practical ways in which we can help, we are here for you. Please keep an eye out for neighbours, family members and friends who may be struggling – and if there is any way in which the church can help, do let us know, either by emailing the Church Office, or by emailing or phoning me .
None of us know how long this situation will last. However, it is part of my hope and prayer that one outcome will be that the recent divisions which we have seen in society, will be healed; that there will be an outpouring of mutual love and compassion for all.
In accordance with the Archbishops' instruction, all public worship is suspended 'for a season.' Daily prayer will still offered and Mass said for the whole Parish. This will be streamed on Facebook or other social media if possible, but not open for the public to attend.
We are, however, doing our utmost to ensure the church remains open during the week and on Sunday afternoons for people to come in, pray, reflect and light a candle, as we all come to terms with these challenging times.
To indicate this, the 'Church is Open' sign will be out on the main steps, opposite the ponds. The accessible South Door will also be open.
Please use hand sanitiser as you enter, and keep a safe distance from others.
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