** CORONAVIRUS UPDATES **

Update 24th March 2020

Ad Clerum - A written instruction from a Bishop.

Ad Clerum sent from Bishop Nick, The Bishop of Leeds advising all clergy in the Diocese of Leeds  of the following:

  • All church buildings and cathedrals are to close for public worship and private prayer. 
  • Weddings at this time cannot proceed.
  • Funerals cannot now be conducted in our church buildings. Clergy can commend the deceased and commit the body at the crematorium or graveside.  After the outbreak has passed Memorial Services may take place if the family so wish, to celebrate the life of their loved ones - which will be open to everyone to attend.

These are the summarised points and take immediate effect in line with the new instructions from the government in respect to Covid-19 and new self-isolation measures.

Update 18th March 2020

Ad Clerum - A written instruction from a Bishop.

An Ad Clerum was sent from The Bishop of Leeds advising all clergy in the Diocese of Leeds  of the following:

  • All Christenings are to be suspended until further notice.
  • All Confirmations are suspended until further notice.
  • Changes to how the Church of England undertakes funerals and weddings during the outbreak. 
  • All elected members to the Parocial Church Council (the governing body of the church) are to have their length of service extended to the 31st October 2020.  Usually members of the Parocial Church Council are re-elected every year usually in March or April.

Update 17th March 2020

A Communication was received today from The Church of England from our Archbishops.  

With immediate effect all public acts of worships are suspended within the Church.  This means for the Churches of St James' Chapelthorpe, St Peter's Woolley and The Church at West Bretton (LEP) that there will be no mid-week or Sunday Eucharists until further notice.  Please see the link below to read the full message:

https://www.churchofengland.org/

In the interim our churches will open on a Sunday for people to come into church and to pray.  Please note there will be no formal service or Eucharist (Holy Communion).  The churches of St James' and St Peter's will open alternate Sundays starting with St James' (Sunday 22nd March Mothering Sunday) at 10.30am for an hour.  Allowing people to drop in for personal prayer and to be still away from the concerns of the Coronavirus.

For reflections and prayers for this unsettling time we all find ourselves in please visit our 'Pastoral Page in Refection to Coronavirus.'

Update 16th March 2020

Following the guidance given by the UK government today the following have been cancelled until further notice.

  • Lent Course 'Finding A Voice' at St James' Chapelthorpe.
  • All Social Events at St James' Chapelthorpe, St Peter's Woolley and The Church at West Bretton.
  • Morning Prayers at St James' Chapelthorpe and St Peter's Woolley.

 


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