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Rev Bob News 23rd March 2020

Message from Revd Bob Pearson

Date: 23rd March 2020

Dear Friends,

We are living in increasingly anxious times for everyone because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

I want to reassure you that our prayers and pastoral support, especially for the most vulnerable in our communities, is something that all churches including we at St Luke’s and Cronton Mission will continue to take very seriously.

The Archbishops of the Anglican church advised us that public worship in churches was to cease until the danger has passed. Today the National church advice is that churches should not be open for private prayer and Bishop Paul has asked the Diocese to act on that now. So St Luke's church will not be open for prayer from now until we are advised otherwise.

On Mothering Sunday many in our community placed a lighted candle in their window at 7pm with pictures of rainbows from children as 'There is always hope at the end of the rainbow'. For the foreseeable future our Archbishops invite us to join with Christians everywhere each night at 7pm in lighting a candle in a window of our home as an act of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished. Obviously, please take all safety precautions necessary to prevent any accidents with a naked flame.

As well as the pain of this situation comes an opportunity for us to explore the truth we proclaim that ‘The Church’ is the people of God and not confined to a building. We will seek different ways to be church other than congregating together in person.

If you would like someone to talk to or pray for you over the telephone please ring either me Revd Bob Pearson on 07904 320542 or one of my colleagues Sue on 07962 012916 or Clare on 07976 549410. 

For Cronton please ring LML Lesley Wright 07803 148233 or Revd Bob Pearson

We are also seeking advice about how we might be able to safely help the most vulnerable and isolated of our parish with simple practical needs such as grocery shopping etc.

Things are changing rapidly at the moment so please return to this site regularly for updates as we are committed to following the national church guidance which is updated daily at Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches | The Church of England

 

May God bless you and hold you in His loving embrace.

Revd Bob Pearson