Statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
It's a changing situation, but do check out the Diocese website for guidance for parishes. Here is a link to official Government advice. Holy Trinity is following this advice and that of the Church of England.
If you are self-isolating, do let us know so we can find ways of best supporting you. Please contact via this link.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
In line with the guidelines, our church buildings will be closed. We will continue to be people of hope and confidence as we live a different pattern of prayer and worship.
Public worship will have to stop with immediate effect. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold.
Life groups should stay connected using the video conferencing tools available, details of which have been sent to Life group leaders.
Pastoral Care. Members of the congregation are being buddied up with those who are self isolating or in lockdown due to their vulnerability, so that there is regular support and contact being offered.
Within the wider community we are working with Tewkesbury Churches Together and community groups to recruit volunteers who can be available to assist those in particular need.
Keep Sunday Special, join us for Virtual Church. With the pause on our gatherings for Sunday worship in our buildings, we want to ensure we still keep Sunday special and take time for our own personal encounter with God in worship, prayer and Bible reading.
It is vitally important that we all follow carefully the guidelines we have been given as we care for ourselves and each other.
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Credit: Church of England Website)
Message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert