Original update from the Churchwardens and PCC
The latest Lockdown in England, announced by the Government on 4th January requires us all to Stay at Home, unless for specific reasons. Since the start of this lockdown, the rate of COVID-19 infections, hospital admissions and deaths have continued to rise, often at alarming rates.
Considering these factors, the PCC met on Wednesday 13th January and those present unanimously agreed to suspend all forms of public worship and private prayer and to move our services online. We will continue to stream our Sunday Morning Eucharist at 10am live on our Facebook page and via Zoom. In addition, our Sunday afternoon service of Evening Prayer at 3:30pm, using the Book of Common prayer, will continue to be held on Zoom. Details on how to join both of these services are available further down this page.
We acknowledge that current legislation from the Government and guidance from the Church of England permits Places of Worship to remain open for face-to-face worship. However, along with churches across the country, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors, in order to protect both our congregation, our clergy, and our community, as well as to reinforce the important message to ‘Stay at Home’.
This suspension of public worship and private prayer will remain in place for the duration of the current lockdown in England and will be reviewed when the Government announce a relaxation of this lockdown.
The Churchwardens and PCC of Monkseaton, St. Peter