Covid-19 Update 17 March 2020
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have 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. We will be reviewing the situation so please do check our website for further updates.
In response to the above, Revd Caroline Risdon sends the following message:
On Sunday 15 March, we heard the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well (John 4.5-29). This is a story about encounter; about being brought, unexpectedly, into the presence of God. It may feel very much like a time of absence when all around us people are being advised to self-isolate and to restrict social contact. But we know that we worship a God of presence, not of absence. So I'd like to encourage you to reach out to one another in different ways. If you know of friends, family and neighbours who need to remain indoors, get in touch with them. A phone call, a note, a 'face to face' via the phone or computer will help us all to feel in we are in each other's company, even when we cannot be together physically. These are the ways in which we can extend the metaphorical hand of friendship to one another and live out our calling to be 'good neighbours'.
Over the coming days, we will provide resources to encourage you in your prayer and spiritual life at home. And we will also let you know about church opening times. Please be reassured that we at St Alfege Church continue to pray for all who are ill or isolated; for our medical and health services; and for our community.
The Dean of Southwark has written the following prayer which you may wish to use and we ask that you would continue to pray for all involved in the response to this crisis worldwide.
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.