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Dear Friends of St Mary’s,

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12

We are facing difficult challenges ahead, as a Church, as families, as individuals, as a community as we confront the Coronavirus outbreak. But we are people of hope, for the resurrected Christ is our hope. We must be patient as we face the challenges ahead, constant in prayer and the service of those around us.

In light of the Government advice this week and the advice from the Archbishops, public worship at St Mary’s is on hold. There will be no midweek Eucharists or services or other Sunday services for the foreseeable future. This is especially sad given that this Sunday is Mothering Sunday, which we always look forward to.

The full text of the Archbishop’s letter can be found at:
https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/17%2003%2020%20Joint%20letter%20from%20the%20Archbishops%20of%20Canterbury%20and%20York%20re%20coronavirus.pdf

However, St Mary’s will remain open daily as a place of prayer and peace amidst the fear and anxiety which is having an impact on so many of our lives. Morning Prayer will be said daily at 10am (including this Sunday). This will said in the nave of the church so that anyone in the building can spread themselves out.

There are hard copies of prayer resources (attached and) at the back of Church for people to take away with them and we will be using our social media platforms to keep in touch.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Please keep the clergy in your prayers at this time, as I pray for you.

All good wishes,

Chris
Vicar, St Mary’s, Hitchin

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