Cancellation of all Public Worship at St Matthew’s
The Vicar General of the Diocese has written:
Tēnā koutou e te whānau a te Karaiti,
It was unthinkable to me a week ago, that I would be sending a pastoral letter closing all churches from next week. However in the light of the Prime Minsters address, and her desire that all people over seventy stay at home, and having regard for the age of our parishioners, I am strongly advising you to close your churches to public worship tomorrow.(The Rev’d Jenny Chalmers, Vicar General of Waiapu)
After consultation with others I have made the decision to follow this advice. No public services will be held at St Matthew’s tomorrow (22 March) and until further notice.
In the days ahead I will send out some suggestions for how we as the faith community of St Matthew’s can remain in contact, continue to celebrate our faith, and share the caring love of God with one another.
As your parish priest I am always available. I shall not hibernate! So, feel free to
phone me: 021-742-434
or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Archbishop Philip invites us at 7pm on Sunday 22nd and at 7 pm every Sunday that worship services are suspended, to light a candle and pray. He writes: Please light a candle in your home and pray with and for others. Pray for your families, your neighbours, our country, and those ill with the virus. Pray for our health professionals and all those on the frontline who are working tirelessly to care for our community. Pray for the lonely and the frightened. Pray for the courage and grace to be a comfort and a light to the world.
Yours in Christ,
Alister Hendery (Priest-in-Charge, St Matthew’s, Anglican Parish, Hastings)