You will of course be aware that the Prime Minister has said that places of worship are to be closed; I have been instructed by the Archbishops and our bishop that the buildings are to be locked. I have placed notices in each of our churches to that effect and, very sadly, the doors will remain locked for the time being. The Archbishops have also said that until further notice we may not conduct weddings or baptisms – so please remember in your thoughts and prayers those whose special days have been disrupted.
The decision has been made that public worship will be suspended for the time being. The four Benefice churches will remain open for private prayer during normal opening hours. Weddings, baptisms and funerals will still be able to take place but with as few people as possible in attendance. We we hope we will be able to get back to normal as soon as possible but in the meantime please hold one another in prayer in these challenging times.
[Note also that Toddlers (Fulking Village Hall) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.]
The philosophical little dog that has featured in the margins of the Church Vine and in many of Graham Jeffery’s books over the years now has a book of his own. The Steyning Bookshop (01903 812062) has it on order.
(possibly with mulled wine and mince pies)