COVID - SECOND LOCKDOWN - *Email From The Rector*
Please forgive me for emailing you all collectively rather than individually but I thought it was important to let as many of you as possible know what is happening with church worship in this time of national lockdown. Please also forgive me if you don’t want to receive emails about what is happening – if you would rather I didn’t email you again please reply to this email and I will remove you from the list.
As you may already be aware it has been decided that churches and all places of worship are to be closed for worship services – which means that we can no longer hold any weekly services on Sunday. Churches and places of worship can be open for private individual prayer and that is what will be doing at St Margaret’s.
This is effect as from today so there will sadly be no corporate Act of Remembrance this Sunday in the church or the churchyard. There will however be a recorded service online available on Sunday and I hope that many of you will find that useful in marking Remembrance Sunday.
Going forward I am working with others to ensure that there will be a recorded service available on Sundays for the next month – so if you are due to read lessons or do intercessions we will be in touch to see if it is possible to get these recorded in advance.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London have written to all clergy and proposed that Christians in the United Kingdom use this second lockdown as a time to undertake additional prayer. To assist that I have prepared a booklet for prayer during the day for Monday to Saturday and would be delighted if as many of you as possible join in this call to prayer for the country as it faces another lockdown and rising coronavirus infections and deaths. The booklet also contains some adapted prayers for Covid-19 which you may find useful and which may help you focus your prayer time.
There will in due course be some hard copies of this prayer booklet available in church which you can collect if you attend church for private prayer. This may take just a little longer than planned as with the change in the internet provider at the Parish Office it is proving difficult to get my laptop and the printer to talk to each other! I will hope to resolve this as soon as possible. When the copies are available if you take one you will need to ensure that you take it home with you.
Please stay safe, and take care and be assured that I will pray for you all by name at Morning Prayer. If you have any additional people for prayers then please reply to this email.
With every blessing,
Revd Christine Spencer - Rector