Our parish and churches during the Covid-19 pandemic
We are following national guidelines and have suspended all public services of worship,
but we are still a church!
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for the Church of England to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus. They said that far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.
Our church buildings at Holy Cross, St Michael's Methodist-Anglican Church Centre, and Hythe's parish church of
St Leonard, are all currently closed.
We had begun to experiment with broadcasting services from St Leonard's, but on March 24th, our bishops asked all clergy to stop doing that, and to follow the restrictions imposed on all of us by staying at home.
So the clergy and ministers of St Leonard's will continue to say services of Morning and Evening Prayer, praying as always for the church and the world, with a particular emphasis on prayers for our local people, the town and community. Our understanding and belief is that we will be in communion and praying with others who are present in spirit if not in body.
We are going to look at ways of celebrating Holy Communion in St Leonard's vicarage, and if possible we will broadcast a Sunday service that you can join online. We are also working on a page of Resources for a Dispersed Community, tailored to those of you who would like to feel connected to your local parish church. We will include a booklet for a simple service of "spiritual communion" which you can use at home if you wish to take part in the Church's communion. We will also provide ways of helping you to follow a daily or occasional pattern of prayer through the week.
The Church of England has published a wide range of resources for anyone who is unable to get to church, and you can find full details here.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Parish of St Leonard, Hythe