The coronavirus pandemic means local churches have had to close their doors. The Rector of Charlton, REVD LIZ NEWMAN, updates us on what is happening at Charlton’s two Church of England churches, St Luke’s and St Thomas’s.
As the challenge of the coronavirus grips the world, and we are all being asked to rethink our lives, the Church needs to find new ways of doing what it’s always been called to do – to love and to serve.
Sadly, our public worship will have to stop until further notice. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that we have shut up shop. Far from it.
Over the coming days we’ll be putting into place a plan to open our churches at set times for private prayer or contemplation.
We’ll be offering pastoral and spiritual support to anyone in Charlton who might need it in these painful times, through different channels.
We’ll be doing all we can to support the wonderful community efforts springing up all around us to give practical help to people who are self- isolating or remaining indoors.
We’ll be praying for all those who ask for our prayers, for our community, our government and nation, the world and especially for those who work in our health and emergency services. And we’ll be finding ways in which those who want to can worship together while remaining physically apart.
Please send us a message via our website www.charlton.church if there is anything your parish churches can do for you. It will be our privilege to serve.
If you’re doing something special to help local communities get through the Covid-19 crisis, drop us a line and we’ll try to feature it on the site.