Update regarding Church closures and other matters
Wednesday 25th March, 2020
As a result of the official closure of churches at 12pm on Monday 23rd March, 2020, and further announcements Tuesday night, there are some brief updates to pass on to you.
Firstly though, the daily service for Tuesday in An Australian Prayer Book starts with a variant of Deuteronomy 32:3 “We will proclaim the name of the Lord: ascribe greatness to our God”. I find the definitive way it is expressed encouraging. No matter what is happening around us, the proclamation of the greatness of the name of the Lord is paramount. Whatever changes we experience in coming days, weeks and months let us never cease to proclaim the greatness of the name of the Lord.
Ministry Changes relating to closure of places of worship
We are no longer able to use the church grounds (indoor or outdoor) for church meetings or gatherings. This includes small group meetings, youth groups, other ministry groups and the use of the St Matts Green Space.
Last night, the Prime Minister encouraged us to have minimal guests in our home. We need to take this into account with small groups and online church services. Please begin to implement technology into small groups in every group situation, and follow government advice for people in your home.
Church Staff are allowed to engage in office work onsite, though we are minimising our onsite work. Generally someone will be onsite for deliveries, but not pastoral visits.
It is still possible for us to produce an online Church service (with appropriate social distancing).
Therefore, Sunday gatherings will continue in a similar format to what we had last week.
Some of you will be aware that our Archbishop was due to retire this year. His tenure has been extended to March 2021 due to these extraordinary times. Please thank God for Archbishop and Mrs Davies and pray for them as they lead us through this time.
The end of Tuesday Morning prayer finishes with this prayer, appropriate for us today:
Eternal God and Father, by whose power we are created and by whose love we are redeemed: guide and strengthen us by your Spirit that we may give ourselves to your service and live this day in love to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
In Grace and Truth,
To download a PDF of this statement please click here.