From Alister, our Parish Priest – We are Moving Alert Level 4

 At 11.59pm today (Wednesday 25th March) we find ourselves in a radically new situation.

            We must stay at home (unless involved in essential work).

            Where we stay tonight is where we must stay from now on.

We must only have physical contact with those we are living with while we remain at Level 4.

We will not starve. Supermarkets will remain open.

We are physically isolating ourselves from others. As time goes on, many will find this hard. That’s when we need to remember, we are doing this not only to protect ourselves from Coronavirus (COVID-19) but most especially for the sake of weaker and more vulnerable people. To put it bluntly. To disobey this directive is selfish and could lead to the death of others.

We are physically isolating from others, and when we go for a walk or shop at the supermarket, we keep a distance of 2 meters. We are not spiritually and emotionally isolating. Stay connected.

            Use the phone. Ring one another up.

            Send texts and emails.

            Follow Facebook – especially St Matthews Anglican Church, Hastings   

            Or visit our website every day –

As we approach Easter remember that our God is the God of Love who suffers with us – who journeys with us – who shares our lives with us.

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

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