St Edmund of Canterbury, Hayes

News update 5th January 2021

The motto above the entrance to Edmund Hall

News from St Edmund’s Church Yeading on Tuesday 5th January 2021

update following Monday's statement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, detailing new restrictions in England to control the spread of Covid-19.

In response, The Bishop of London, The Rt Rev’d Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, said: 

“The Prime Minister’s words tonight underline the severity of the situation for the country, as the virus continues to spread rapidly. At a time like this, the Church is here to offer comfort and spiritual support to everyone. We have a duty to care for each other, but particularly those who are vulnerable or who may be most at risk.

“The Government has chosen not to suspend public worship in England at this time and we will continue to follow the guidance and ensure that churches remain as safe as possible. The Government guidance on the safe use of places of worship makes clear that those attending a place of worship must not mingle with anyone outside their household or support bubble.

“However, some may feel that it is currently better not to attend in person, and there will be parishes which decide to offer only digital services for the time-being. Clergy who have concerns, and others who are shielding, should take particular care and stay at home.

“I would urge everyone in our churches to pray for those on the front line in our public services - the NHS and those working in social care, for schools and many others on whom we depend; and for parents and carers of children at this anxious and stressful time.

“There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians, we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.”

So, here at St Edmund’s our services will continue both on Sundays at 10am and on Wednesday evenings at 8pm for those who feel comfortable about being there in person.  We will also have an online provision (on the Worship at Home tab) each week for those who need to be more careful either because they themselves are more vulnerable or because they are protecting a member of their household.  This is a decision for each person and whatever you decide for yourself is right, you have my full support.

I also just want to say that we are so blessed to have Fr Ken with us, who is taking the service this Sunday while I am on leave.

If there is any help anyone needs please feel free to contact me.

Normally at this time of year I visit houses for the Epiphany Blessing and chalking of 20+C+M+B+21 on the lintel or wall.  Given the new restrictions I will not be able to do it this year.  But I will happily send you a copy of the short liturgy leaflet (either by email or post) so you can do it yourself at home.

Even in the midst of lockdown Evening Prayer continues on Zoom everyday (except Friday) at 5pm.  You can either just click this link. Or join using the Meeting ID: 796 5024 2062   Password: 6eUY2W  It’s fine to just tune in and listen but if you want to take part you will find it easier to download this brilliant app which gives you all the day’s readings and prayer in one place.

God bless you dear friends.

yours in Christ,

Peter