Following the Government announcement on the 4th January that we are yet again in a National Lockdown and reflecting on the current situation in Bognor and the wider Arun district regarding the rate of infection, and the current strain on St Richard’s hospital. With the unanimous support of the Churchwardens and the PCC, I have taken the difficult decision to suspend all public worship at St Thomas à Becket, Pagham with immediate effect. This is a decision that will be reviewed regularly but we do not anticipate returning to public worship until at least the 21st February 2021.
We are also closing the church for private prayer at this time- this is also with immediate effect and will be reviewed regularly.
I realise that these decisions will be welcomed by many of you, and to others this response will come as a disappointment- especially as public worship and private prayer in church is still permitted where safe, in this Lockdown. So please know that these decisions have not been taken lightly but reflect the very serious situation that we find ourselves living in and our duty of care for you, our neighbours and all those who visit Pagham Church.
It is an enormous privilege that, during this time of crisis the nation has called upon its church to keep praying and so we must answer that call, as a dispersed community. Our corporate worship will look different for the next few months but keeping our eyes fixed on Him, who is our comfort and guide, continues to be the church’s duty and its joy.
We will continue to share a weekly service on-line, as well as making a return to saying the Daily Office online several times a week. More information will follow on resources being made for those who are not able to engage with online services.
God bless you all- and please know you are loved and prayed for, and that we are ready to support you, whenever you need
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