The parish of Hornchurch has provided the following update on their website:
In these difficult times I wanted to keep you updated of developments at our churches
St Andrew’s, St George’s, St Matthew’s and Messy Church.
First and foremost, I hope that you are well and safe (and washing your hands).
As many of you will have heard all Church of England churches are now closed to public worship due to the coronavirus pandemic and following government advice. This means that, at present, there are no Sunday services, nor Morning Prayer or Thursday Holy Communion.
However, St Andrew’s is open from noon until 2pm Monday – Friday for private prayer or simply to sit and be in the presence of God.
We are hoping to livestream a short service on Sunday morning, most likely at 10.15. Details will be on the church website (www.parishofhornchurch.co.uk) later on Saturday.
There are many resources online to aid us in our worship during these days and I would encourage you to engage with these to help sustain you in your life and faith. You could begin at the national Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/midweek_worship_at_home_0.pdf
Recognising the significance of this coming Sunday as Mothering Sunday the Archbishops of Canterbury and York write:
“We have called, along with our fellow church leaders, for a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday – Mothering Sunday (22nd March). Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service. As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.”
Be assured that you are in our prayers. While, as a church, we may not be meeting together publicly we are a praying people.If you have something particular you would like us to pray for please do contact us.
I often say that God is there for us when life is difficult as though something will happen in the future. Perhaps today I should say God is always here for us and with us. Things happen but God does not leave us to face these things alone. The Bible says that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore, we will not fear.” (Psalm 46)That verse goes on to say that we do not fear “though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with surging.” Quite an image and yet, for some of us, the effect of corona virus may feel like the earth is giving way.
I hope that you will find that God is here for you at this time.
Your servants in Christ,
Revd Ken Wylie and the Parish Wardens