Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
No one expected this Lent to lead us physically into the wilderness, but following the most recent Government advice about seeking to limit the spread of coronavirus, we will be following the Church of England’s guidance to suspend all public worship and most church activities: only our work with Corby Foodbank must continue.  This situation will be kept under ongoing review, in the light of changing circumstances and advice.  I realise that this will come as a real sadness to many of you: it is a sadness I share, but we need to act in ways that protect the most vulnerable.
Alongside this is the sure and certain hope given to us through our faith in a God who loves and walks alongside us in our daily lives however they may be affected.
We will continue to hold before God all those who are in need, sickness or distress, including those affected by the coronavirus, and I will be glad to receive prayer requests from you: please simply email or call me.  If you would like to join in with the prayer that will be happening in church, I am exploring ways of doing this and will let you know as soon as possible.
The pew sheet has been adapted as a prayer sheet to use at home on Sunday and I will be sending out a letter in place of a sermon.  If you have any ideas or suggestions as to what might be helpful at this time, please be in touch.
This is a time of heightened anxiety and fear for many, and especially for those among us who are vulnerable.  Please continue to pray for one another; to support those in your existing networks as best you can, and those in your local community as you are able; and to continue to prioritise the wellbeing of those most at risk.
We remain a community, a family, even while we cannot gather, for our unity is in Christ from whose love we are promised that nothing can separate us.  And although we cannot meet together for now to worship together and receive the Sacrament, this is a time in which we will discover anew what it means for God’s promise to be that he is always Emmanuel, God-with-us – not least in how we offer and accept help, support, love and prayer form one another.
And may the peace of God which passes all understanding be yours.
With love in Christ,
Fr Anthony

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