News update 5th January 2021
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
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,