We are waiting for a full statement from the Church of England however please see below the initial guidance following Prime Minister’s address last night.

“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).

But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

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.

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.

“We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”

Following the advice, St. Mary’s Church will be closed with immediate effect.

English Heritage have advised that the castle gates also be shut, but we are aware of the sensitivities re the churchyard, and will take advice, but sadly that may also have to close for the time being.

We will update as more news comes in.

Rev Ian shares this one …
Here’s a favourite of mine that keeps going through my mind. It’s an ‘old-time’ Gospel song, but I think its relevant for now. ‘Keep me safe ’till the storm passes by.’

Bill Gaither “Keep me safe ‘till the storm passes by”