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Covid-19 Update 20 March 2020  

While services are currently suspended the life of prayer within the church continues

 

A message from Revd Caroline Risdon 

Earlier this week, in light of government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. Therefore there will be NO church services at St Alfege Church, Greenwich until further notice. We have also had to suspend all the activities which take place in the church and hall including heritage visits. We will be reviewing the situation so please do check our website for further updates.  In response to this, Revd Caroline Risdon sent this following message earlier in the week. 

22 March Mothering Sunday  We are sorry that this week that the beautiful posies of daffodils usually prepared by children's church will not be distributed.   However In order for our weekly children's worship to continue, the children's church team have put together a service sheet that parents can read through with their children on Sunday. 

Every Sunday, starting this Sunday 22 March, St Alfege Church will open from 10am to 10.45 am when Revd Caroline Risdon and Revd Pat Mann will meet together for private prayers. They will then go on to the Old Royal Naval College Chapel from 11am to 11.45 again for private prayers. You are welcome to join them if appropriate and bearing in mind latest guidance re Covid-19.  

Holy Communion 
While services are currently suspended the life of prayer within the church continues. Revd Caroline Risdon, Revd Pat Mann, Revd Faith Wakeling and Revd Susan Blackall will be celebrating Holy Communion in private on behalf of everyone twice a week as follows: Sundays, at St Alfege Church  and Wednesdays at Old Royal Naval College Chapel. A bell will be rung at St Alfege Church when they meet together to pray and share Holy Communion.

Weekly service sheet/information

Each week we will provide a ‘service sheet’ comprising the readings, collect, and prayers. The sermon for the week will be available here. Our intercessors will continue to write prayers each week.  This information will be published every Friday and can be found here.   

Prayer list We will continue to pray for those in need and remember the departed. If you would like someone's name to be included in the online prayer list please email David McEvoy by 5pm on Thursdays.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Revd Caroline Risdon and Revd Pat Mann are working together to develop an online pilgrimage during Holy Week. Please keep an eye on the website here for further details.  While we regret very much that the Lent Course could not continue, a number of very insightful and lively interactive sessions were held based on the Happy and Blessed: a study course for Lent based on the Beatitudes by John Cox.  Caroline's sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent  includes reflections from our discussions. 

Pastoral care

Many efforts are being made by local authorities and charities to help those in need. If you are concerned about yourself or anyone else, please contact the church office.Our administrator is currently working from home along with other members of the Heart of Greenwich team.   We are keeping in regular contact with all our heritage volunteers.

Revd Caroline Risdon, 19/03/2020
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