Following the announcement from the Archbishop of Canterbury today, all services in the Church of England are to be suspended immediately, and for the foreseeable future.This will also include all smaller mid-week groups like house groups, youth, courses, wedding preparation, PCC etc.

Weddings and funerals may still go ahead but with restrictions: maximum of 10 people, all socially distancing, and no one over 70 years, ill or vulnerable. Weddings may be re-booked for later in the year or next year. Emma will be in contact with all wedding couples over the coming days.

The Parish Office (Tel 02392 321380) will be closed, but phone calls will be re-directed to the Parish Administrator’s home phone and regular office hours (M-F 9:30-2:30) will still be held, although remotely.

The church building will remain open during the day, but any visitors are requested to maintain government guidelines re hygiene and social mixing.

St Mary’s is not going to sleep, and will continue to minister as best we can, but with a different way of doing church. We will try and maintain pastoral contact through Facebook, Website, Mail Chimp and telephone.

We are meeting with other community leaders to see how we can best care for those elderly and vulnerable in the community and provide for practical needs.

We are also setting up daily worship on-line and will keep you posted on details.

For updates from the Church of England please visit their site here.