I have thought, prayed, consulted and listened to views around whether churches should be opening for prayer through this period we are in. The key question for me is whether such action could pass on the virus inadvertently even beyond those in the 'at risk' categories.
It goes against all I believe in, and feel, to say I think we must not open our buildings for any gathering going forward. My hope is that if we are strict and follow advice now it will shorten the period when such gatherings are prohibited. As people called to be together in the 'Body of Christ' and as one appointed to a ministry of word, sacrament and pastoral care I find writing this incredibly hard but I think it is the only way in these times. Please can we all share in the collective responsibility for ensuring this is followed without exception in each place.
You each continue to be held in prayer and I'm grateful for the creative ways you are finding to let people know we are still connected.
Love and thanks,
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