On 17 March, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold until further notice to help stem the spread of coronavirus. But in their joint letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said that, far from shutting up shop, the Church of England will face the challenge by continuing to be rooted in prayer and serving others.
Thank you for using this online resource while our churches are closed. Whilst we cannot meet together at present, there will be fresh worship material on the website each week. Do download the welcome sheet to access the order of service and readings. We hope you will feel connected to other people and be able to worship God from wherever you are.
Though many of us are having to self-isolate, we are joined together in love and prayer – that which is invisible has suddenly become hugely important. If you need help in any way, do please be in contact with any of us.
Thoughts from Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, on how we should be during the coronavirus pandemic
- Calm: the opposite will lead us to do things which might impact seriously on others – like panic buying
- Caring: those who self-isolate (those in high-risk groups, or who have been in contact with the virus) need to know we care about them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs that we care
- Considerate: let’s look out for one another and act collectively to prevent the spread. It isn’t just about me, it’s about us
- And of course, Christ-like: let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly – and let’s bless each other by the way we behave