Team News 22 March

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

All church services and events are cancelled until further notice.  This includes all Sunday and midweek services, all Lent groups, lectures & lunches and fundraising and events.  Funerals and weddings can still take place with only family in attendance.

In Blythburgh the Stations of the Cross exhibition planned for Holy Week can proceed, and made available for individuals to explore on their own.


Churches are to remain open for individual visitors to call in to pray and tour round as usual.  It would be good to encourage any willing church members to act as welcome hosts. St Edmunds would like more volunteers to help as stewards in church during the week.  If you can give an hour we would love to hear from you.  If you are able to come to St Edmunds at 3pm on Friday 27th March Rev Simon will explain what is involved.


Local Church websites will be updated and information will published under the News section of the Team Website


Prayer point – Pray for our nation as we seek to cope with the restrictions of the Corona Virus.  We pray for all hospital staff and for those worried about the survival of their businesses at this very difficult time.


Reducing the risk of infection from the coronavirus (COVID-19) 
The Church of England’s team for Health and Social Policy is responsible for updates on the coronavirus.  They are working collaboratively with the Government and Public Health officials and both the diocesan office and the Bishops’ office are being kept informed. 
The Church of England is regularly updating guidance available on the dedicated website page here and as this changes rapidly please check it regularly. 
Bishop Martin says “The Church is called to bear the good news of Jesus in every circumstance.  As we face the coronavirus pandemic bearing good news means our care for others and especially those who are most vulnerable, and sustaining our life of prayer and worship.  We will need to be doing this in different ways following the national guidance and the decision to suspend public worship .”
We continue to pray for all those people caught up in the coronavirus epidemic, for those who are sick, for those who care for them, and for those responsible for planning for our care.


The BBC will broadcast on Radio 4 each Sunday an act of worship led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Worshippers can also join the Bury Cathedral staff team in prayers each day on the live stream service on the Cathedral website.