Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I write to confirm that due to advice of the Government and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York from immediate effect all public worship at All Saints and St Saviour’s is now suspended until further notice.  This also extends to our Lent groups and additional Lent services.
Bishop Martin, in his letter to the clergy in the diocese, writes, “The strapline is that the church is changing.  The Church, the life of the people of God, the presence of the body of Christ on earth, continues to exist.  However, the manifestation of our presence is changing.”   This, therefore, mean that there will be no act of worship for you, the people of God, to attend on Sundays or during the week, but this doesn’t mean that we stop being the people of God in this part of the God vineyard.  Instead, it means we need to the way we are church.  But what will this look like?
Firstly, our daily worship will continue in the church, albeit in private, with just myself and one or two others to answer.  I will daily celebrate the Mass at midday, before which the bell will be rung to give people assurance that the parish is being prayed for.  If you are able, I invite you to join me by using the “Order of Service for Spiritual Communion” which you will find below. On Sunday, if technology allows, we plan to broadcast our Sunday Morning Mass at 10.30am on our Facebook page the “Order of Service” will also be posted on our Website so you can follow and join in from your homes.
Secondly, our churches will be open as usual for private prayer. 
Thirdly, for your own spiritual life, I encourage you to pray at home and especially as a family.  If you would like some resources to use, many can be found on the Church of England’s website
Fourthly, this coming Sunday (22nd), has been declared a Day of Prayer and Action.  Churches together in England are asking people to put a candle in their window at 7pm on Sunday evening as visible symbol of the Light of Christ working in our world and as a sign of our prayers for all those who are working in NHS and other important places during this difficult time.
Although public acts of worship have been suspended, the church continues its work within the community.  During these difficult times, people in our community are in more need than normal.  I would like to encourage you to put into practice the words of St John’s Gospel 13.35 “Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”   Out of an act of love, our Food Bank collection basket will be available every day in church to collect donation for those most in need. 
Finally, as a church, we still have our bills to pay.  If you currently give to the church by cash in envelopes, could I encourage you to setup a standing order.  Without the generosity of the people, we cannot continue our work in and for our community. Alternatively, you could place your weekly gift in an envelope and bring it to church when things return to normal. 
Our Bank details are as follows:
Sort:                         40-52-40                 
Account number:     00031440                                  
Account name:        PCC OF COLGATE AND ROFFEY
And finally, finally, please pray for one another and for me and our ministry team as we continue to minister in the parish and if you are self-isolating or know of someone who is please let me know.  Above all let us remember those word of Jesus which concludes St Matthew’s Gospel “I am with you always, to the end of time.”
With prayers at this difficult time,
Father Russell

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