Church Of England Suspends Services Over Coronavirus

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced the suspension of church services till further notice but stated that weddings and funerals would still hold.

Church Of England Suspends Services Over Coronavirus
Church Of England Suspends Services Over Coronavirus

In a joint letter, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and John Sentamu respectively, said the coronavirus pandemic had made it “necessary to put public services on hold”.

They said that churches would remain open for prayer “where practical” and as long as worshippers observed social distancing guidelines.

But far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England said it must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.

The archbishops wrote: “This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly a church for all, or just the church for ourselves?

“We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and and overflowing in service to the world.”

They added: “Our is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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