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  • Canon Paul Black

Coronavirus and worship


To shake hands or not to shake. That is the question people around the world are asking as the coronavirus spreads. The handshake plays such a central role in our daily lives and within the context of our community life and worship.


When you come to worship alcoholic hand sanitiser is available for you to use at the entry of the church. It is also available on the table near the font.


During the Greeting of Peace people may choose to not to shake hands but simply to share the Greeting of Peace by simply looking them in the eye, smiling and saying ‘Peace be with you’.


The Church teaches that if people receive Holy Communion in one kind only (i.e. bread or wine) a communicant receives the full grace of the Eucharist. If people are worried about receiving wine they always have the option of receiving the bread alone.


Quite obviously, we need to stay calm and respond prudently to the coronavirus.


I encourage you to pray the following prayer .

Lord Jesus Christ, healer and friend, come and care for all of us through the danger and uncertainty of the coronavirus threat.To people who are sick, bring healing.


To people who are displaced, isolated, or cut off from family, friends or work, bring comfort and companionship.


Work with medical staff as they care for the sick, and protect them from harm. Give skill and fruitful research to scientists as they work on treatments and a vaccine.To public health authorities, give wisdom to decide the best ways to manage both this crisis and our anxieties.


When communities are fearful, give a calm spirit, and kindness to neighbours and strangers.


Through this testing time, and through all the risks we face together, teach us once again how we can love one another as you have loved us. Amen.

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