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National Church Service 22nd of March

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will lead the Church of England’s first national virtual service tomorrow morning.

It will be broadcast simultaneously at 8am on the 39 BBC local radio stations in England and as BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship. It will then premier on Facebook through the Church of England’s page at 9am.

Details about this and further online/virtual services can be found at the Church of England web-site page

Initial Update for Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, & Services

Additional details can also be found on the Church of England website

Weddings: can take place, but only with 5 people: priest, couple, two witnesses.

Baptisms: can take place with priest, parents, 3 Godparents

Funerals: only immediate family and it is suggested that it is a graveside service or just a few in church suitably distanced. At the local crematorium, capacity has been reduced to 30, spread out around the chapel.

Services: the Archbishops have reiterated that when a priest celebrates Communion on behalf of everyone, it is not a public service. Therefore when I do this the church will be locked and opened after I have finished. Anne will be present so I am not alone, the whole company of heaven are allowed to be there too!

Prayer about the outbreak & Light a Candle 7pm 22nd March

The Church of England are holding a light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Join us, with thousands across the nation, as we light a candle* and display it prominently in a window. For the sake of each other we self-isolate; but Jesus light and love in our lives can hold us together – even if we must be apart for a time.

We’ve attached a prayer for you whilst you light a candle.

*Please be careful with your candle ensuring any curtains or nets are safely tucked away.

All Church Services Suspended Until Further Notice

As you may have seen elsewhere all church services are currently suspended until further notice. This includes Open Door at Good Shepherd and the Lent groups.

If you have a wedding booked please check with your venue about the reception, we are awaiting confirmation about how many guests may attend a wedding.

The church will though remain open for private prayer.

Further details will follow shortly around support that will be available.

Supporting Fairtrade Week

This is a great short animation about what it’s like to be a female cocoa farmer, and how Fairtrade helps

Edith, a cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire, is using Fairtrade to change her life and her whole community. And by buying Fairtrade, you are part of her story,

Let’s spread the word that we can offer real support to women like Edith by choosing Fairtrade.

Postponed: Quiz Night at st Francis church Langley Saturday 28th March

Following on from the government advice the Quiz Night at St Francis is now postponed. The future date will be announced in due course.

We’re holding a quiz night at to raise funds at st Francis church Langley on the 28th of March, with a range of fun prizes.

There will be refreshments and the heating will be on, so come and chase away the winter blues

Entrance fee is £1 per person, payment on the door