Public worship suspended in the Team during Lock-down 3 – please read on.
With huge pressures on the NHS and widespread increase in virus transmission, we are sad to find ourselves in a third national Lock-down. Clergy and PCCs will take action in order to honour God, keep people safe and play our part in protecting the NHS and each other.
Therefore churches in the Vale of Pewsey Team will be kept open for private prayer, at the same times as previous to lock-down. We hope to serve our communities by keeping churches open as places of prayer and peace, much needed in difficult times. We have done our best to make church buildings as welcoming and safe as possible. With Risk Assessments in place, churches are regularly cleaned with social distancing, masks to be worn and hand-sanitiser available.
Whilst the NHS aims to vaccinate the most vulnerable in our area, the rising infection rates make each of us vulnerable to infection. Sadly, despite all efforts, meeting for public worship in church now poses more of risk. Therefore, with the support of PCCs and the permission of our Bishop, we feel it is sensible to suspend public worship in all churches in the Team during January to create a kind of ‘fire-break’ against the virus. We will review the situation as we go and keep you well-informed.
We hope to begin services again as soon as it is safe to do so, when the assurance that vaccination is more widespread and effective in this area. Meanwhile, depending on God to guide us, we will continue to do all we can to provide weekly online worship and a pattern of prayer and fellowship which we hope will help provide spiritual food during this difficult time.
We will keep you informed and ask for your support and prayers.
With prayers and loving thoughts from the Clergy and Team Office staff