Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Please see the latest message from the Vicar in the Monthly Message section. For earlier information and resources please scroll down.

Church of England launches free dial-in worship phone line
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched Daily Hope, which includes music, prayers, reflections and full worship services at the end of a telephone line. It is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 and has been set up to reach people unable to join online church services.

Telling children about Coronavirus-A Guide for Parents, click HERE

Wednesday 25th March 2020

The Archbishops and Bishops have issued the following advice as part of a letter to clergy:

“The Church of England strictly observes the new guidelines on staying at home and only making journeys that are absolutely necessary, such as shopping for essential items and to take daily exercise.

Our church buildings must now be closed not only for public worship, but for private prayer as well and this includes the priest or lay person offering prayer in church on their own. A notice explaining this will be put on church doors. We must take a lead in showing our communities how we must behave in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.”

Resources online are being developed:

This LINK takes you to the Church of England website for latest updates.

The guidance continues to say that there will not be any weddings or baptisms (except emergency ones) and funerals are only permitted at graveside or in the crematorium with just the immediate family.

Friday 20th March 2020

Signpost Plus Information for Parents (and others) LOCAL INFORMATION , please click HERE 

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Please check these earlier updates for important information.

Tuesday March 17th 2020

While Barnhaven has closed to non-essential visitors, Castle Grove is accepting visitors with the following advice ***** CHANGED *****

Castle Grove is officially closed to visitors as of 25th March 2020.

– Do not visit the home if you have been abroad in the last two weeks
– Do not visit if you feel unwell, have a cough, sore throat or fever
– Always wash your hands thoroughly on arrival and departure, using the outside toilet near the office

I am expecting more advice from the Diocese of Exeter but at least we know that:
– sharing teas and coffees are suspended
– collections will only be received in a plate at the back of church
– handshakes are no longer to be used
– no placing of hands on people for prayer

I would like to say that we continue to pray, serve and encourage.
Blessings upon you, Revd KC