The Church of England has released a statement including the following:
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). … It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms. …
This update is coming sooner than we imagined. The Church of England has released the following statement:
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.
Little Gaddesden Church is generally open during the daytime as usual, but no public worship services are taking place either on Sundays or midweek. Just about all other church activities have also been cancelled until further notice, including bellringing practices and events, choir practices and Tuesday coffee mornings.
The Calendar on the church website has been updated to show the cancellations. Of course, if the situation changes for the better, events will be reinstated. But that doesn’t look likely for the immediate future.
In the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have received official Church of England guidance. As a result of this, here are steps that we as a church will be taking by way of sensible precautions:
On Monday morning, 2 March 2020, ground was broken in Little Gaddesden churchyard at the start of works to build the Thomas Field Hall.
The vicar, the Revd John Russell, made the first cut in the soil. He is seen here accompanied by two of the building contractors, the site archaeologist, and churchwarden Barbara Sheard, who originated the design of the new hall. They are gathered round the headstone of Thomas Field, after whom the hall is to be named.
The Vestry@50 Appeal to build the Thomas Field Hall has now raised enough to be able to construct the shell of the hall, but we now need to raise money for the fit out and to upgrade the church heating. Do please donate if you can. Full bank details and gift aid information are given on our donation leaflet downloadable here:
We are very pleased to report that great progress is now being made on the Thomas Field Hall (the Vestry@50 Project). After careful consideration we selected Clarks Construction Ltd in Markyate to be the main builder for the project and signed a contract at the beginning of January, with a start date of the 23rd March 2020 and completion seven months later. Work will actually start on the 2nd March with the site being excavated for the archaeological survey, allowing sufficient time for this to be done before the main contract starts. Clarks are familiar with this scale and type of work and we hope to run a successful programme to finish on time and within budget.
Every year the Parochial Church Council of Little Gaddesden Church makes a payment to our village school to subsidise an extra something for the children. This year we received a lovely card of thanks and we wished to share it with you all:
This year’s Christian Aid Week appeal has been a great success. Collections in Little Gaddesden in the week of 12 – 18 May 2019 raised £1,334.71. And that’s before the addition of Gift Aid. Depending on each donor’s tax status, Gift Aid can add a further 25% to the collected total. In fact the total is probably highter still, because some donors said that they were donating online.