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10 & 17 January - no 10am service in church

Dear all,

Our Churchwardens, Parish Council members and I have decided not to open the church for congregational worship this Sunday (10th Jan) or next (17th Jan).

We will review the decision when the PCC meets on Zoom on 19 January.

I send this out with a heavy heart, knowing how important it is to be together in person to worship and how much it means to all of us.

The number of people with Covid 19 and the number of people in hospital in London over the last fortnight has risen sharply. On Friday I read appeals from the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Hackney for places or worship not to open. Our MP, Meg Hillier, also wrote individually to churches on Friday evening asking us not to open. I think all of us are aware of the considerable strain that East London hospitals are under at that the moment. All these factors have informed our decision.

I went into church this afternoon to record a Eucharist with Shana and Victoria and that will be available from 6am tomorrow (Sunday) for anyone who would like to watch it.

You will be able to find it here:

At 10am tomorrow, do join Zoom Church if you would like to. We will start Morning Prayer at 10.05am and once that has finished there will be a chance to catch up with one another. Do please get in touch if you would like to join this service.

I'm very aware that not everyone will want to be part of Zoom church. If it's helpful, the readings and the text of the sermon will be available here from late tonight (Sat).

There will be Zoom Junior Church at 2pm tomorrow. If there is anyone who would like to be part of that who hasn't been sent the link do please get in touch.

As we've all said all along - please do whatever brings you closest to God tomorrow and next Sunday. You may want to make use of the things that are being sent out, you may well not want to be anywhere near your computer tomorrow. Do whatever works best for you and we can all look foward to the day when we can be together again in person.

Every blessing to you all.

with best wishes and prayers,


(The Revd Andrew Wilson - Rector)