Covid-19 / Coronavirus

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At present all public worship at All Saints Rettendon, St Nicholas Rawreth and St Thomas of Canterbury, Hullbridge is suspended. This is in accordance with guidance which can be found on the Church of England website.

On Sunday 22nd March Bishop Stephen (the Bishop of Chelmsford) said that all churches should now be closed to discourage people from moving around. He wrote …

I am asking every church in the Chelmsford diocese to now close its doors to those coming for private prayer. The offering of worship must still go on each day and clergy and appropriately authorised or licensed lay ministers can still lead services in church. But we can no longer open our doors to those who may wish to come and pray in our buildings. This is not so much because the praying in the buildings unsafe, but we need to do all that we can to encourage people to stay indoors wherever possible, and our churches advertised as being open is giving a mixed message. We make this decision with huge sadness, but believe it is the right thing to do. In the meantime, the diocese will continue to work hard to provide resources for people to pray and worship at home.

The full text of his letter can be found on the Chelmsford Diocesan Website.

Weddings

We are no longer allowed to conduct weddings.

Funerals

Funerals can now only take place either at the graveside or at a Crematorium or Cemetry. Again we need to comply with guidance from the Church of England, the Government and the NHS. This, and individual’s concerns about their own response to Covid-19, may mean that some people have to stay away. We will do all we can to include them. It may be possible to video or live stream the service and we can have a second service, a memorial, at a later date when everyone can attend.

Please do get in touch to discuss how best we can support you and other mourners.

Worship

We are recording some acts of worship that you can watch here and share in. There are also some reflections that may be helpful. If you have any prayer requests that you would like included please let us know. In our prayers we will only use first names and no details that might identify individuals or families.

Please see our Prayer and Reflection page.

A Christian response to Covid-19

I’ve just posted a blog about an article I found in ABC’s Ethics and Religions pages … the article is worth a read