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Dear Villagers,


I write on the morning of Tuesday 24th March with the third version of this letter in as many days as the advice changes daily. The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This follows the announcement on the evening of Monday 23rd March, by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.


Sadly, this means all of our village churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms. Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, although they will need to be in line with the Prime Minister’s statement. In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.” There are daily updates on the Diocese of Leicester’s website with direct links to the relevant Church of England updates.


My ‘tech. savvy’ colleagues in the national Church of England and in our local Diocese of Leicester are already posting and streaming prayers and reflections. I include a few links below. Locally, we will endeavour to discover with you the best ways of keeping in touch while apart.


I’m pleased to say our May wedding couple, at St Peter’s Knossington, have managed to change their church wedding and reception to May next year, we very much look forward to celebrating with them then. I also look forward to re-organising our May baptism, at All Saints Lowesby, to give us a Christening to look forward to as well. It helps to look forward with hope although we know there are challenging times ahead.


With thanks and prayers for all those who are helping friends, neighbours and strangers at this time. Please do take care of yourselves and keep safe.


With my prayers and best wishes,

Jayne


Revd. Jayne Lewis 

jaynelewis28@gmail.com