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Coronavirus COVID-19

Is the church still open?

No. Sadly the church is closed to all visitors until further notice.

But prayer doesn’t only happen in church. And so I would like to encourage you to light a candle at home, read the daily gospel reading along with the accompanying brief reflection, and offer your own prayer, joining it to the prayers of millions of faithful Christians around the world.

In particular, please remember to pray for our school, for those working on the frontline of the NHS, for the sick and distressed, and for an end to this virus.

Also, you can join us for our regular Sunday Eucharist online. It might seem a little strange at first, but it’s a good way for us to experience a spiritual communion with our Lord and with one another.

What about Funerals and Weddings?

Funerals may go ahead under certain circumstances.

All weddings have been suspended.

What support is the church able to give?

The outbreak of the coronavirus means that all of us are living through difficult, worrying and challenging times. For a while ordinary life has been put on hold. Yet our needs continue – food, toiletries, medication, friendship and support. Fortunately, the good people of Arundel are rallying round and I’ve heard no end of examples of neighbours looking out for one another.

However, there’s a chance that some people might be left isolated and running low on essential supplies. For this reason, your Parish Church, working closely with our Town Council, stands ready and willing to help. We have a team of trained pastoral visitors who have been through the official vetting provided by the DBS (“Disclosure and Barring Service”) process who are ready and willing to offer support and companionship over the telephone. We also have lots of volunteers who have offered to collect and deliver essential supplies (e.g. food, medication) for those whohave no other support.

In short, if you’re in need, whatever you need, we’re here to help if we possibly can. Please telephone or email the Parish Office. The office is open Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am to 3.00 pm.

In case of urgent need or distress you may contact the vicar on 01903 885209 or vicar@stnicholas-arundel.co.uk

Updated 2nd April

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