We are all so aware of the the need to pray for our NHS and all who work everyday in a very stressful environment. All of us are thankful for our hospitals and care staff. We know how hard they work and how tired they must be. We must play our part to look after ourselves and others around us. Therefore, the Resolution agreed by the PCC a few weeks ago, has been reviewed and agreed as below.
You will see the churches will be open for private prayer but I still want us to consider if travelling out of our villages is wise at the moment. The vaccine is on its way and it is not advisable to take unnecessary risks.
RESOLUTION1 The canonical requirements in relation to the holding of public worship are currently in operation. However, Clergy are able to make decisions based on their own situation. St Mary the Virgin Church, Hartfield and Holy Trinity Coleman’s Hatch. “The Rector, Rev Julie Sear and the Parochial Church Council of St Mary the Virgin Church, Hartfield, and Holy Trinity Coleman’s Hatch, acting jointly authorise dispensing with the celebration of the Holy Communion as required by Canon B 14 on the following occasions: There will be no return to worship in either church in the Benefice on the following dates. Sunday 17th January 2021 Sunday 24th January 2021 Sunday 31st January 2021 Review on the 1st February. Both churches will be open for private prayer on Sunday mornings. St Mary’s 9-9.30am and Holy Trinity 11-11.30am. St Mary’s will also open up on Wednesday mornings 10-10.30am. Commencing on the 20th January. The reason for the dispensation is that in the light of the Government’s guidance on preventing the spread of Coronavirus in Tier 4, we have been told to stay home and not travel. Those who are older and more vulnerable should stay at home and not put themselves at risk. We have cases of Coronavirus in the villages and people self isolating.Online services will continue and Rev Julie will produce Compline night prayer and prepare reflections for Lent.We will be using the Church of England Live Lent resources. Books have been ordered today.
Please take care and keep in touch with each other. Maybe phone someone you haven’t spoken to for a while.If any of you are in any kind of need, please let me know.
With love and prayers.