Latest communication: Coronavirus

We will be using this page to post our latest communication regarding what we are doing following the restrictions in place due to CoronaVirus.

17th March

Dear Minster and friends

This email is to update you about the fast-changing situation regarding COVID-19. Frog and Amy have also penned some thoughts, resources and advice from them please do have a read by clicking on:  Letter_for_the_Minster_community.PDF

As of this afternoon, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked all Church of England clergy to suspend normal Sunday worship. Combining this with the guidance issued last night by the British government to avoid all non-essential social contact, we have taken the decision to cancel all events and meetings at the Minster, until further notice. This will include Wednesday morning prayer and communion; the Chase; Book Club; the Listening to God course; and Minster Munchkins. In addition to this, the Minster church office will also be closed until further notice; and Minster Communities have been asked not to meet.

I recognise that these are drastic steps, but they unfortunately seem necessary at this stage. We are working hard on a plan to move forward well in this situation. This plan will consider:

  • Corporate worship (we are looking at live streaming, and how we can continue to ‘meet’ virtually on Sunday mornings)
  • Resources for us to continue to grow in our discipleship whilst we are not meeting physically
  • Pastoral care for our church family, including those who are unwell or in self-isolation
  • Ways for us to share the love of God with our local communities at this time

We will update you regarding this plan in the next few days; most likely on Thursday. Please rest assured that we fully intend ‘not to neglect to meet together’ (Hebrews 10:25), even if we have to be creative in the ways that we do it.

On a more personal note, please be assured of my prayers for you all. This is a unique and potentially worrying situation; and I know some of us are anxious. But God is still sovereign, and in all things, He works for the good of those who love Him. I have spent time recently meditating on Psalm 121; and maybe some of you will find it helpful:

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

If you have any questions about this, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

God bless, and lots of love,

Chris