The Church continues to be alive and active but our buildings must close in London
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. The Church of England in London has responded to the suspension of public worship, and for a season to finding a new way of living, worshipping and serving our communities. Sadly, London is ahead of the rest of the country in seeing a steep rise in the number of those falling sick with COVID-19. We have all heard the strong calls from the Mayor and the Prime Minister not to leave home unless it is essential, and not to use public transport unless we have to. If our attempts to distance ourselves physically from one another and prevent the spread of infection are not effective, more people will die.
In light of this, the time has come, in London, not only for us to suspend public worship, but for us to close our church buildings entirely. In doing this we demonstrate how important physical distancing is in saving lives. Therefore as of today St Philips is closed indefinitely.
As far as is possible Fr Lee will continue to offer Daily Pray and celebrate the Eucharist, via live stream as much as possible; but the doors to St Philips will now be left closed. Please do continue your pattern of prayer at home, read your bibles, and continue to light a candle each evening at 7pm.
Our most profound desire is to come together with our neighbours. Christ taught us to come together as His Body to celebrate the sacraments. In all the history of Christendom in these islands, we have not before taken such a step. Partly, this is our modern understanding of how disease is communicated, which in the times of former plagues had not developed. But it is also born of the teaching of Our Lord that the two great commandments are love of God and love of neighbour. The very love of neighbour that leads us to want to come together requires us to sacrifice congregating for a season.
Even though our building is now closed, the Church in South Tottenham continues to be alive and active. Please continue to pray, read your bibles study and where possible view online.
The Reverend Lee Clark Parish Priest
Gwen Dixon Churchwarden
Philip Mensah Churchwarden