Public worship suspended at St John's due to latest lockdown

First published on: 1st November 2020

Due to the latest lockdown restrictions announced by the Prime Minister St John’s, like all churches, is now closed for all regular services of public worship. This means there will be no weekly services inside St John’s until Sunday 6 December at the earliest.

Christening services can no longer take place at all, and marriage services will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances. Funeral services can still take place but we unfortunately have to limit the number of mourners to 30.

We will consider over the coming days whether we might be able to open church safely for prayer.

As it has been throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the health and well-being of everyone in church is our most important concern and we must do everything we can to stop the virus being passed around our congregation and anybody who is visiting St John’s.

We may not be able to hold our regular weekly services but, like all churches, we are still aiming to bring light and hope through this new lockdown. We will continue recording weekly services of Holy Communion which you watch at home and we pray that these will be a real blessing to you while we unable to come together in person. You can find them in the Recorded Services section of the website as well as on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page.

The last few months have been so hard for all of us and we know these weeks of further lockdown will also be very difficult and unsettling for many. Perhaps one small comfort at the moment is that this time we are not facing the unknown. We coped with the first lockdown, and together we will cope with this one too.

May God bless you and keep you safe.

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