The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, have said Church of England services should be put on hold amid the Covid-19 crisis that is sweeping across the UK.
Church services are to be put on hold as the country fights the coronavirus epidemic.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face.
In a joint letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said it was now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice.
It comes after the Government announced unprecedented peacetime measures to try to control the spread of the virus, with restrictions on public gatherings, transport and working.
The archbishops want churches to remain open where possible to act as places for the community, although social distancing measures should be followed.
They also called on the clergy to maintain prayer patterns, the Eucharist and to live stream worship if they have the resources.
A Church of England spokesman also clarified that weddings and funerals could still go ahead.
Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote.
“Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.
“We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.
“Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it. Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open.
“There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable and do continue to play your part in those.
“Then by our service, and by our love, Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.”
Source : Uk Mirror