• St Peter-in-the-Forest

COVID-19 Update #5

Her Majesty's Government have, in recent days, given outline permission for places of worship to begin to exit strict COVID-19 lockdown, both for access for supervised individual prayer, and for some forms of public worship. You may have read, elsewhere, that the general, public permission to access buildings can begin as early as 4 July 2020.

The parish leadership for St Peter-in-the-Forest have met to review our own evolving plans and intentions, and we can now let you know the following:

- despite our very deep wish to enable public worship to resume in our parish building (Peterhouse Centre), we do not feel that this is something that can happen in the immediate, short-term;

- no gathered, public worship services can, therefore, be offered at Peterhouse during (at the minimum) July and August 2020;

- we will keep under active review the questions about what might be possible from September 2020, onwards;

- whilst this situation remains, we remain committed to the endeavours which have been building our Christian worship, discipleship and fellowship, online - Facebook and Zoom will be 'where we gather', and we will make use of our website and other social media for communications of many kinds;

- it may be that some churches in our neighbourhood (not least our partners in the West Roding Mission Partnership) may be able to provide some forms of public worship provision during these forthcoming weeks and months - we will 'signpost' to these, as and when we can.

During this time of continuing disruption and the unsettling of so many of our norms, it is a good time to pray.  (it is always a good time to pray!)  You may wish to pray, as follows:

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. Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen. God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Go well,

Paul (Vicar) Bernard & Frances (Churchwardens)

spitfE17@gmail.com / 02085091811

charity number: 1128173

St Peter-in-the-Forest Church

18 Woodford New Road, E17 3PP

Peterhouse Community Centre

122 Forest Rise, E17 3PW

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