There will be no public services on Sundays until further notice.
There are also no school services, lunch clubs, coffee mornings, MU, etc.
We are also postponing the APCM for the time being, but would like to be able to print the year book, if anyone has not submitted their report please send to Jane by 27th March. Thank you
We will also be postponing the Flower Festival until June 2021
The church remains open daily for individual prayer - please make use of hand sanitizer and keep distancing to 2m
Please keep in contact with and let your "link" person know if you any particular needs or concerns. They will seek to link you up with assistance what ever it may be. In the mean time as we all continue to pray, you may like to link your prayers with others at the same time - on Wed.2-2.30pm, Thurs.4-4.15pm (after the clocks change 7.45-8pm) and Fridays 9.45-10am.
God bless and stay safe,
The Cathedral livestream times are:
Evensong/Evening Prayer Monday -Friday at 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 3.30pm
Sunday at 10.00 am
Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a
National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so
many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of
our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he
At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.
Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.
In the meantime, do please attend to all the government health advice that will be issued, and look out for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global North, we do seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility about worship gatherings are a key part of our Christian discipleship during this period.
We note that this call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is also a very mixed day for many. For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointment or loss. In many ways, this period under the shadow of the coronavirus will be prompting similarly diverse reactions and so it seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday. At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope.
As we get nearer to celebrating Easter, let’s remember that the first Easter Sunday was a day like no
other. The world was changed forever.
Jesus’ rising from the dead proved His victory over the powers of darkness, sin, guilt, death and all the works of the evil one. The first Easter Sunday demonstrates the triumph that has been won for Christians by Jesus. -That sin can be forgiven without animal sacrifice, of sin being forgiven once and for all through faith in what Jesus has done on the cross. It allows us to be pronounced free of guilt and that all the punishment we would have been due is cancelled. It proves that the way to heaven is open and peace with God is sure. Healing and hope, acceptance and adoption as God’s children are ours.
Jesus’ birth is important of course and Jesus’ teaching, miracles and signs of the Kingdom of God being among us are essential, but it is Jesus’ death and then His resurrection which truly transforms the lives of Christians.
As we eat eggs, see the new birth of Spring around us, butterflies emerging from caterpillars, buds sprouting on trees, may we celebrate life and remember the gift of Life in all its fullness which Jesus brings to us.