Coronavirus UPDATE

Just an update for us at St. Bartholomews regarding the news from the archbishop that all public worship  has to be suspended. St. Bartholomews church building will now be closed during this outbreak. Morning prayer will be said daily from the Vicarage, praying for our community, all who are anxious, praying for the nations of the world and God's love for us all. On Sunday mornings at 10am there will be a facebook service which will be broadcast from the Vicarage. Please join us.
God Bless,


The most important thing in all of this is to look out for those who are feeling isolated or anxious and this includes those who have been tested positive. If anyone has to self isolate without a network of support around them then that is going to be a difficult time.  There has been much in the media about bulk buying and if the response to the virus changes we will ask that if anyone has extra that they can share then please bring it to St Bartholomews and we will make sure it is distributed to those who are in need. We are all in this together and we will want to make sure that we support each other over the coming weeks. 


The Bishop’s Coronavirus Golden Rules

Not official advice: – but this is food-for-thought about our attitudes.

Golden Rule One. Each one of us can think about how we can protect and support our neighbours. So much of the public rhetoric is sowing fear about the danger of other people. So, taking all the  official precautions,  offer help and reassurance to others – and don’t demonise anyone or any group.

Golden Rule Two: Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out the responsibility to phone them each day. There’s nothing like a friendly voice to offer solace when someone is worried. A smile can bring cheer, even on the phone. If you visit, follow all the official precautions or don’t go.

Golder Rule Three. Don’t give into panic and start hoarding food. There is plenty to go around, so practise the Christian discipline of sharing. Ask your neighbours what they need and do you best to help them get it. If you are self-isolating you will of course need some supplies.

Golden Rule Four. Live today to the full. None of us ever know what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6. 25 – 34), Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness.

And, along with just over half the adults in the UK, don’t forget to pray. Here’s a suggestion from the Revd Louise Collins, a Team Vicar in Borehamwood, Herts:

Dear God our Shield and our Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

+Alan St Albans

Do you have your suggestions of other Golden Rules to help us during this time? Please tweet them #coronagoldenrules

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