CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - GUIDANCE FOR PARISHES
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. The most recent guidance also shuts all church buildings to everyone, including clergy.
The Dean of Southwark has written the following prayer which you may wish to use:
Please pray for all who are involved in the response to this crisis worldwide.
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Worshipping at home during the Coronavirus.
Individuals and families unable to join public worship may find some of these resources helpful.
Daily prayer resources from the Church of England, and links to worship apps can be found here:
The National Children and Youth department have assembled some resources here:
We continue to pray for those who have been deeply affected by Coronavirus, in this country and around the world, and for all those involved in treating people and preventing the spread of infection, and those who are feeling anxious at this time.
It is so important in these difficult times that we are there to offer hope in the face of fear. As we hold onto hope whilst facing reality, I want to invite you to pray together for our nation and for all those affected by the coronavirus at 1pm each day. Please pause in whatever you are doing and say the Lord’s Prayer and again at 7pm. Where it is safe to do so perhaps you could light a candle in your window each evening as a symbol of Christ’s light in our world at this dark time.
The Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun