Public gatherings for worship have stopped across the Church of England to avoid contagion in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We set out our plans to continue ministry in Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley.
Stopping public church activity
A the direction of the Church of England all church meetings and projects like Craft Club or Digital Help have stopped until further notice.
No public worship
All public worship has been suspended in the Parishes of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley. This includes midweek acts of worship.
Any activity that is still running will be shown on the website at acnb-church.org/events
Private prayer at our churches
Our churches intend to remain open for private prayer. Normal opening hours are 10am – 4pm daily. Resources to support private prayer will be available for free. These will be in sealed packets minimise the risk of contagion.
In view of the risks of close contact, please respect the need to maintain a two meter space if others are also using the building for public prayer.
Drop in Eucharist or Holy Communion
Holy Communion is a vital part of our faith and practice as Christians in the church. On some Sundays a minister will celebrate Eucharist, and then remain for a period. Any persons who come to pray privately during this period may receive Absolution and Holy Communion in one kind only.
This is not a public act of worship. All those attending should keep two meters from the Minister or other persons praying privately.
We will not be offering home communion at this time except in the gravest of circumstances.
Is the cessation of worship lawful?
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York consider that it is a matter of necessity that the church cease meeting until further notice. Stopping services in normal times requires the dispensation of a Bishop.
In this case the grounds for the cessation is the Canon Law doctrine of necessity.
A letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Full content as a PDF