Here at Saint Luke's we will do all that we possibly can to ensure the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual wellbeing of our Church family and the wider community.
We will be closely following and implementing the advice given by the Church of England, Our Government, and Local Health Care Organisations.
Current advice from the Church of England can be found here.
The latest letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York can be found here.
This afternoon the following communication was received from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York:
Last updated Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 13:30
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.
It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.
In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.
“We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”
Please can I ask all of you to pray for our Church Family at St. Luke's, the wider Community and indeed the World at this time of great anxiety and distress.
You may find it helpful to join me in a daily rhythm of prayer using the Daily Prayer Resources available here
I will be praying Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5pm each day. Please do join me in Spirit if not physically.
Yours in Christ