24 March 2020
Whilst all public acts of worship have stopped and churches closed, we must continue to ‘be church’, functioning albeit in an unprecedented form.
At my Induction Service as Team Rector of the Berkhamsted Team, Bishop Michael, Bishop of Hertford, challenged us to find new ways to be the church in these extraordinary and unprecedented times; to find new ways and means to be ‘generous, joyful, imaginative and courageous’, in all our actions. The time has come when we must ask ourselves what our Christianity actually means to us.
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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.
Little Gaddesden Church is therefore now closed.
The full text of the statement is available on the Church of England website.
Please continue to keep an eye on our own website for the latest news from Little Gaddesden Church.
Please see the updated version of this post dated 24 March 2020.
18 March 2020
Continue reading “From the Vicar: The Church Still Functions”
Whilst all public acts of worship have been suspended until further notice, it doesn’t mean the church has stopped functioning. At my Induction Service as Team Rector of the Berkhamsted Team yesterday evening, Bishop Michael, Bishop of Hertford, challenged us to find new ways of “being church” in these extraordinary and unprecedented times. To be ‘generous, joyful, imaginative and courageous’, in all our actions. These times challenge us as people and require us to ask fundamental questions of ourselves.
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.
Keep an eye on the website for latest news.
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:
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