Closure of church building

A message from Revd Nick Bird, 9 January 2021

You will be aware from news reports that the situation with covid-19 is worsening, even though we have the hope of the new vaccines being rolled out. Yesterday the York Press reported that our local A&E is being overrun, the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is now advising that we should all behave as though we are already carrying the virus, and even the Bishop of London, who represents the Church of England nationally on covid-related matters, is urging churches to think very carefully before holding services.

In the light of all this Revd. Nick Bird has taken the decision to cancel all in-person services across our benefice, starting immediately, and reviewing this at the end of January. This includes both Sunday services in Stockton, weekday morning prayer in each of the churches and also the opening of churches for private prayer. This decision has not been taken lightly, and there is always regret when making such a move. For the foreseeable future, it seems the most loving thing to do.

Morning prayer will switch to being online, Monday to Thursday, via zoom at 9am, and can be joined by anyone by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87992794257?pwd=YXlad1c4ZUhVYkdEaFNCcllUMlErUT09. The service lasts about 15 minutes, and you are welcome to leave immediately or to stay for a few minutes to chat. All are welcome. Download the order of service for zoom Morning Prayer.

This decision has been endorsed by the Bishop of Selby.

Please get in touch with Nick Bird (revnickbird@gmail.com   489349) if you have any questions. Do look after yourselves, especially in icy weather, and please keep in touch with each other and those whom you know to be vulnerable.

Every blessing