I’m writing to share an update regarding our plans to pause in-person ministry within the Church building following the Prime Ministers speech earlier today. As you will be aware, Rainham will be in tier 4 as of midnight tonight and as a church we have a duty to do all we can to protect the community and those who serve it. For that reason I, in consultation with the Church Wardens, have taken the hard decision to close the church to congregations whilst we are in tier 4 however services will continue to be live streamed. I want to say thank you for all the ways you have continued to give, serve, pray, and reach out to others and encourage you to continue doing so. I’m aware of the spiritual and relational impact that this season is having on all of us. The increased restrictions will be hard to bear but know that as a church we are here to support you – all you need to do is e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of staff will be in touch with you. If you or someone you know is in need of food then please e mail email@example.com Please be assured of my prayers at this time and know that we will keep the decision under constant review. But to be clear there will be no ‘in person attendance’ services tomorrow or on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Let us pray: 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. Amen.