Coronavirus Advice

This page will be updated as the situation develops. We will take our advice from the wider Church of England

Update 22.03.2020

The Church continues to be alive and active but our buildings must close in London. In a letter from the Bishop of London, we have been told "the time has come, in London, not only for us to suspend public worship, but for us to close our church buildings entirely. In doing this we demonstrate how important physical distancing is in saving lives." Read the letter

Update 17.03.2020

Church services suspended. The headline news is that today the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are putting public worship on hold.

This means there will be no services at all on Sunday at All Saints neither will the usual services take place during the week. We intend, however, keep the church open as usual on weekdays and have the church open on Sunday morning for private prayer.

All children’s groups are suspended, and Julia has plans for virtual Sunday activities. Again, more of this soon.

All parish staff are now working from home. We have set up a conference call facility so meetings can take place and today are working on setting up Zoom so we will be able to have efficient video meetings. 

We have also been working on our contingency plan (as advised by the Archdeacon) so we know who is responsible for each part of parish life and who takes over in the event of illness. It’s a detailed document which covers the areas of infrastructure, communication, worship, pastoral, community activity and finance.

Update 11.03.2020

The Archbishops have written to all clergy to say: “It is our view, in light of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom, that it is now necessary to suspend the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace, blessing or “laying on of hands”. We therefore advise that all priests should:

  • Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;
  • suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the peace;
  • suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’.

See the full statement on the Diocese of London website.