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Sadly our Church heating is still not working. It appears to be an electrical fault in the system so we are waiting for a specialised electrician to look at it and hopefully mend it in the not too distant future.
At our recent PCC meeting we have now taken the formal decision to close the St Matthew’s Church for Sunday worship for the time being. This is not so much due to the lack of heating but because of the Coronavirus levels. These levels are beginning to come down, and the vaccination of increasing numbers are causes for much hope, but with the new variants and the uncertainty around transmission we feel that we do not want to jeopardise how far we have come for a few weeks or months more.
This has been a decision that has not been taken lightly, but with the health and wellbeing of all us in mind, particularly the most vulnerable amongst us. During this latest lockdown churches are, perhaps a bit surprisingly, still, if 'Covid secure', allowed to meet, but many are choosing not to, given the safety concerns. Bishop David has clarified that each PCC can take a decision locally not to open in the short term (up to and including 21st February 2021). Therefore St Matthew’s Church will be closed for Sunday worship until this date. We wait further direction and guidance from the Diocese via the Church of England once the Government has evaluated the situation and reached its conclusions on the possible lifting of the current lockdown.
You can view the copy of our risk assessment Here.
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May God, in His wisdom and love, continue to be with each and every one of you during this difficult time - May God bless you all,
Rev. Kate Burgess.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.