Coronavirus Statement

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We will continue to follow the latest guidance from:

 

Following the announcement on Monday 23rd March by the Prime Minister, All Saints Church building is closed until further notice.

In response to the Government’s instruction, all Church of England churches have closed in order to support the national effort to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

All Saints Church has stood witness for over 800 years to the love of God for his people in this community. Today, despite being physically closed, All Saints remains a symbol of God’s presence with us in the village 

In this time of national emergency, we will continue to offer prayer individually away from the Church building. Reiterating the message of the Archbishops and Bishops on Monday (23rd March), all churches, including All Saints, will ‘continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable’. 

We are already developing new ways of continuing to worship, pray and care for one another. We encourage you to visit our website www.allsaintslindfield.org to see the resources we are developing for worship, prayer and pastoral care.

I urge you to stay at home, keep calm, care for one another, pray and put your trust in God.


Canon James Clarke, Vicar of Lindfield
24th March 2020





 

You will have heard by now that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of Chichester have suspended Anglican services of public worship for the time being.

This means that, sadly, there will be no Sunday services at All Saints until further notice. Hard as this may be for us, we have to recognise that the current situation is unprecedented and we want to act responsibly to the advice the government has put out. We have also taken difficult the decision to suspend all smaller church gatherings ~ so there will be no Connect groups, no Daytime Tiger groups, no children's groups or youth groups, no Tiger @Ten.

I know this is a very anxious time for many people. We are looking at ways in which we can improve our pastoral care for those who may feel isolated and lonely. Hugh Bourne has created a special Coronavirus page on our website which will give the latest up-to-date information. Do please keep looking at that every day. There will be a special section for you to send in requests for prayer.

All Saints church building will be open every day for people to come and sit quietly, for personal reflection and, of course, for prayer. We are extending the opening hours from 9am to 9pm.

This coming Sunday, Mothering Sunday, will seem very strange for those of us who are used to meeting to worship the Lord. In place of our services, Stuart, Hugh and I will lead a short act of worship which will be live streamed on the All Saints Youtube channel at 10am. It would be good to tune in to that - even if we are not physically together, we can be connected in a different kind of way online.

Finally, please pray for our community and nation, and indeed our world at this unsettling time.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Canon James Clarke, Vicar of Lindfield
18th March 2020