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Extraordinary times make great demands
23/03/20

In response to the statement issued by the Prime Minister on Monday evening, the Bishop of Coventry has said, "We are living through extraordinary times that are making great demands upon people. There is a threat to life and the Government has rightly taken action to reduce that threat."

And so, in a joint statement the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have 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."

This means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no weddings or baptisms.  Funerals can still go ahead but within strict limits with only the closest family in attendance and essential physical distancing measures in place.

 

The Bishop of Coventry added,

"Our calling is to protect life and to find ways to see each through to the other side of this crisis.  God, the giver of life, is with us and so we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen."