Coronavirus

From the Rector. St Paulinus Church

 

Dear Friends

We live in very strange and anxious times. For the first time in my ministry within the Church of England the Church has had to close its doors to public worship. The public celebration of Easter, the biggest act of celebration in the Christian year has been cancelled. Our School has been closed. People are anxious and afraid. I have often spoken about the need to be “community,” to be part of an extended family. There is never such a better example of being community then in these present times. There is a lot we can do together, and I wish to draw your attention to the following

  • The Church will be closed for all worship and is no longer open for private prayer.
  • The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by the clergy on a Sunday at 10.00pm. Although no members of the public will be present, it is important that the practise of holy Communion as an act of worship still continues, as Jesus has commanded. The bell will ring at the acts of consecration, when the elements are elevated. This will inform everyone in the local area that the clergy are holding everyone in prayer, and the Eucharist continues to take place within the Church
  • Please do let me or Kelly or Lisa within the office know of anyone who is in need at this time, and would require shopping or anything brought to them. Please do be mindful of the elderly and house bound. We need to help them as much as we can
  • You can follow updates via social media on Instagram rectorstpaulinus.co.uk, and twitter @stpaulinusCofE additionally please do keep an eye on the Church notice board
  • Finally, the Church is still here for you! It is here to hold you in prayer and support you through difficult times. Please do get in touch if we can help. We are restricted in a lot that we can do, but in what we can do we aim to support you, our community, as much as possible

 

God bless. Fr Paul