Emergency lockdown measures
This page will be updated as and when new guidance from Government and the Church of England is published.
In the light of the Prime Minister’s briefing on 23 March we must suspend all Sunday services, children’s work, youth activities, and midweek events.
The church building is closed to the public until further notice.
We are posting filmed video recordings or streamed services online here until the church is open again for public worship. Youth ministry continues on the All Saints Youth Instagram account.
The biggest challenge we will face in the next few weeks (and perhaps months) is ensuring pastoral support for isolated, sick or economically hard pressed individuals. This is too great a burden for clergy and the pastoral team alone. We are all the Body of Christ. We are introducing a plan where we ‘adopt’ someone else in the congregation to phone regularly and offer practical help to. “Little children, love one another.”
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Baptisms and weddings must be postponed until public worship is restored. Funerals are able to go ahead at the graveside or in a crematorium, but with severe restrictions on the number of mourners able to attend (a maximum of 9). We can discuss arranging a memorial service (perhaps on the deceased’s birthday or the first anniversary of death) when life returns to normal.
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, we encourage you to join with us in prayer. The church has faced plagues and pestilence before – and it has often proved to be our finest hour.
- Pray for health professionals across the world who are on the front line responding to the outbreak and for scientists working on vaccines.
- Pray for God’s healing, peace and restoration for all those affected by this virus.
- Pray for wisdom for all people in a position of leadership as they make difficult decisions around responding to the outbreak.
- Why not say the Lord’s Prayer as you wash your hands? It takes about the time recommended to wash them thoroughly.