Coronavirus – St Nicolas and St Wilfrids’ Churches
Last updated 14 January, 2021
Public Worship Services Suspended
Almost all the responses to the question in the last pew sheet (10th January), were that we should stop having Sunday services with immediate effect.
And in the light of those views, together with the rapidly deteriorating situation, the Standing Committee have unanimously (albeit reluctantly) agreed that this is the only sensible course of action.
A number of people have said that they will not feel comfortable coming to church until they’ve had the vaccine – so it’s good that several have already had their initial injection.
It’s not possible at this stage to give any idea as to when we might resume Sunday worship – but given that mid-February looks like being the earliest for all the over-70s to be offered their first vaccination, services can hardly re-start before then.
But, of course, it could be rather later – depending on the number of vaccinations that have actually occurred, on what’s happening to the infection rate, and on what government and church authorities are advising (or requiring) at that time.
The weekly pew sheets will continue, which will give a regular opportunity for updates. A copy can be found here on the News and Reviews page.
Private Prayer and Meditation
On 26th December, Sussex was placed into Tier 4 of the new four tier system of restrictions. Under these restrictions you can attend places of worship in all tiers. The rules on who you can meet with whilst at a place of worship will depend on which tier you are in. Despite the decision to stop Sunday services our Church Wardens continue to ensure our churches environments are as covid secure as possible. So please follow the instructions and protocols which are in place if you wish to enter for private prayer and meditation.
For full guidance in respect of management of the coronavirus situation in Churches visit the Church of England website.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
COME AND SING
We are seeking to increase the membership of our choir at St Nicolas. If you would like to ‘Come and Sing’ we will be please to see you.
Full details can be found on the Activities page.
JOIN OUR SERVING TEAM
We are seeking new members for our serving team at St Nicolas to support the Celebrant at the Altar. If you would like to do this please speak to our Head Server – Roy Spears.
OUR VICAR: FATHER TONY WINDROSS