06 Jan Parish Update 5 Jan 2021
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am sure many of you saw the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening informing us that we are now in a third lockdown. The Bishop of London made a statement shortly afterwards, which you can read below: churches are allowed to remain open. After some reflection our three churches will continue to be available for public worship and private prayer. We recognise that this has been a lifeline for some and we have worked hard to ensure our spaces are COVID-secure and as safe as possible
A weekly recorded service will continue to be placed on our Merton Priory Parish YouTube channel. Please do worship at home or worship in church as you feel comfortable doing and together let us pray for all at the frontline of the NHS and other key services, for the most vulnerable, for the anxious and isolated, and for God’s abundant blessing on the vaccination programme. May Christ be our light and our wisdom in these days.
Revd Mark Eminson, Revd Alison Judge, Revd Belemo Alagoa
on behalf of the Merton Priory Team
Bishop of London’s Statement
Following Monday’s statement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, detailing new restrictions in England to control the spread of Covid-19, The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, said:
“The Prime Minister’s words tonight underline the severity of the situation for the country, as the virus continues to spread rapidly. At a time like this, the Church is here to offer comfort and spiritual support to everyone. We have a duty to care for each other, but particularly those who are vulnerable or who may be most at risk.
“The Government has chosen not to suspend public worship in England at this time and we will continue to follow the guidance and ensure that churches remain as safe as possible. The Government guidance on the safe use of places of worship makes clear that those attending a place of worship must not mingle with anyone outside their household or support bubble.
“However, some may feel that it is currently better not to attend in person, and there will be parishes which decide to offer only digital services for the time-being. Clergy who have concerns, and others who are shielding, should take particular care and stay at home.
“I would urge everyone in our churches to pray for those on the front line in our public services – the NHS and those working in social care, for schools and many others on whom we depend; and for parents and carers of children at this anxious and stressful time.
“There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians, we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.”