Well, the predicted national lockdown has now happened! I am so relieved we took the decision together to suspend public worship at our churches when we did, because this has been shown to be entirely the right call to have made.
Sadly, Dennis has had to take the additional decision to close All Saints’ completely, even for private prayer; and St Alban’s will also remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Sunday worship can be accessed, though, via live streaming from a number of sources, including eg the Minister, Portsmouth Cathedral or Walsingham Anglican Shrine. If you’d like more options, please get in touch with me.
You can also find worship being broadcast on the TV or radio, e.g.
BBC 1 Sunday Worship at 10.00
Radio 4 Sunday worship at 8.10
Radio 3 (daily)Choral Evensong at 15.00
I will continue to put the Sunday readings on the website, together with a weekly homily, either by me or others, plus my usual weekly pastoral letter.
For those of you who usually go to All Saints’, if you know of people who do not have internet access, but would like to access these weekly resources, could I ask you to print out copies and get them to them, please?
For those who normally go to St Alban’s, I will continue to get copies to you in the usual way.
Although the vaccine programme is currently being rolled out, it will obviously be a while before we are out of lockdown. This will be a time of continuing to care for one another at distance, by phone, email and, of course through prayer. However, for those who are shielding, or who need help with shopping etc, help is available from the Godshill Volunteer co-ordinators:
Alison Child tel: 840179
Rodney Downer tel: 854203
In Ventnor, the community hub can offer similar help to vulnerable people tel; 835775 / 857848 9.00 – 16.00 Mon – Fri.
Please do contact me if you’re struggling in any way; and, if you know of someone who is ill and they would like me to contact them, or to pray for them, please let me know.
In the meantime, please be assured of my love and prayers.
The image above is a painting dated 1498-1500 by Pietro_Perugino. It is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie in Vienna Creative Commons CC0 License