The Government has amended regulations designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on 14 September 2020 to enforce a new ‘rule of six’ in England and Wales.
The Church of England is engaging with the Government and awaiting the issue of new guidance on Places of Worship. The advice below will then be updated accordingly.
Bishop Stephen has written to all parishes in our diocese. Please do read this by clicking on the link below which will take you to the diocesan web site and his letter:
The church building must remain closed to both public worship and to now also to private prayer until further notice in keeping with public health advice and today’s guidance from The Church of England.
I know that a small group of you give your time in cleaning the church on Saturdays. This must also stop for the foreseeable future.
This will be a difficult time for all of us, not least because we value so much the companionship of gathering together for worship.
However, as our Archbishops write, this is an opportunity for us “to become a different sort of church in these coming months” but one that is still “hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise, and overflowing in service to the world.”
Your parish church has served the people of West Ham for 900 years and now, more than ever, we grow in prayer, faith and community as we seek to continue our worship through praying for each other and being watchful for those who are vulnerable and in need.
I will be putting further updates on this page in due course.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
Please see the following link for the archbishops’ statement and the many prayer resources from the Church of England:
The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Safeguarding officer: Katie Humphries