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From Revd Debbie, Assistant Minister

Dear Friends,

I received a letter, which was addressed to all clergy in the CofE, from Archbishops Justin and Sentamu. I wish to share with you part of that letter to help you have a clearer understanding of why the doors of our churches are firmly locked.

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives

“We are in a time of great fearfulness. The numbers of those becoming seriously ill and dying is increasing. It therefore remains very important that our churches remain closed for public worship and private prayer. The Church of England is called to model the very best practice. We must lead by example. Staying at home and demonstrating solidarity with the rest of the country at this testing time, is, we believe, the right way of helping and ministering to our nation. Therefore, for a season, the centre for the liturgical life of the church must be the home, not the church building.”

The prayers and readings which would be used for a Eucharist service can be found here.

Although public worship is temporarily on hold, the worship of God has definitely not been suspended. I have been posting prayers, music and reflections on our new Facebook group page on a daily basis.

If you have not joined us yet we can be found at:
or search on Facebook for Great St Mary’s, Sawbridgeworth

You may also like to join us for Morning Prayer which was on Sunday morning by linking in to our first Podcast. It was wonderful to have many of you tuning in at home at 9.30am, all joining in with the daily office at the same time in your own homes.
Listeners were invited to light a candle. The podacast was on the front page of the website and on Facebook.  

I am sorry have to inform you that our dear friend Geoff Penketh was diagnosed yesterday with having the COVID-19 virus. He is currently being treated in PAH. Please keep Geoff, Rosemary and all the family in your prayers.

With every blessing

Rev Debbie

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