As you may be aware the Archbishops of Canterbury and York today (Tuesday 17th March) have suspended all public worship in the Church of England until further notice. This means that all public services, events and groups at Ss. Peter and Paul, are suspended until further notice. The clergy will continue to pray at the church privately, and the Children's Chapel will remain open for those who wish to make their own devotions.
This challenges our fellowship and way of being, it will force all of us to explore different and creative ways of being church. Plans are already in hand to ensure we keep up pastoral contact and offer practical support. If you feel that you can offer help to those isolated at this point, or are in need of help yourself, please email email@example.com and we will do our best to offer the most appropriate help.
Sunday services and other reflections will be shared on Facebook and our website to keep you connected.
At this time can I ask you to keep in your prayers each other, those who are ill and all those who are find themselves at the front line of dealing with this pandemic.
Most importantly please keep yourselves safe, keep in touch with your friends by email, telephone or whatever means you can. Let me or the pastoral team know if you are feeling isolated or need help in any way.
With every blessing in these challenging times
This evening the the Bishop of Rochester, in conjunction with the other Bishops of the dioceses covering Greater London has asked that with immediate effect all public access to church buildings is to cease. I recognise that this seems a drastic step but the decision has been taken to save lives, as the transmission of COVID 19 picks up speed in greater London.
From tomorrow (23rd March), therefore, Ss. Peter & Paul will not be open to the public for private prayer. I will continue to say morning and evening prayer in the building for as long as I am able, and to share the Wednesday and Sunday Eucharists with you via social media.
At this time it is more important than ever that we continue to pray. To that extent I have now produced a booklet of simple services of prayer for morning and evening, alongside a prayer calendar. It can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking on this link. I will be using this at 8.30am and 5.15pm each day, you would be very welcome to join in from your home. If you know of anyone who would like to use it but does not have computer access let me know and I will send a printed copy in the post.
As Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
May we know the peace of God in these troubling times