BEING CHURCH IN A DIFFERENT WAY
NOT SHUTTING UP SHOP
St John writes, ‘the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.’
St Paul writes, ‘neither death nor life…
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Following the Government guidance, our cathedrals and churches have had to close their doors due to Coronavirus.
Despite these most challenging and unprecedented circumstances in which our world finds itself, the Church continues to look for ways to witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.
In order to do this:
- the clergy and ministers of this parish will continue to pray, as we are sure many others are doing at this time
- for all the people of this parish
- for all who are anxious and fearful as a result of the virus
- for those who have died and those who mourn
- for God’s protection to be over all healthcare workers and the emergency services
- for those in authority; that they might be granted wisdom
- and for the life of our nation and our world
- the pastoral ministry of the Church will continue, albeit in different ways; ways that are in line with Government guidance, but which also continue to speak words of hope to those who are going through difficult times.
- the Church’s almsgiving and outreach will continue – and we encourage everyone to respond in generous love when it comes to helping the poorest and most vulnerable in our community.
- the parish website, tavistockparishchurch.org.uk/, will soon have links to digital resources to help everyone who looks to God for support and meaning at this time of crisis to participate in the worshipping life of the Church at home (e.g. Bible study links, the Church of England Daily Prayer app, etc).
- we invite you to join us in placing a lighted candle in your window at 7 pm on every Sunday for the time being, and saying prayers as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.