Following on from statements from the Prime Minister and Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England yesterday we will be completely closed until further notice.
Please see a full statement from our Rector below. Please note that you can contact us on our usual channels.
‘In accordance with the announcement of the Prime Minister yesterday and the latest government restrictions, St. Martin’s building will be completely closed until further notice.
At St. Martin’s we fully endorse the statement issued by UK faith leaders yesterday, including the Archbishop of Canterbury:
“As faith leaders in the UK we are united in our commitment to seeking the good of all especially in this time of crisis. In such a time our instinct is to gather as faith groups. We know, and affirm, that to do so at present is not only unwise but puts many lives at risk. We appeal again to all, please do not meet physically. Pray at home, share community online and by telephone, love and support the vulnerable and needy. Help contribute to food banks, reassure the fearful and lonely or isolated.”
At St. Martin’s we are endeavouring to keep open all channels of communication, keep contact with any who feel isolated and vulnerable, and provide opportunities for worship and prayer.
In addition, within one week, the Centre for Health and Healing has been able to establish procedures for the ongoing provision of its comprehensive counselling services by telephone and other forms of communication technology.
Please do everything you can to comply with the health guidelines, stay safe and remember that the Spirit of Jesus dwells with all those who call Him Lord and Saviour.
‘I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.’
Ephesians 3 v13-19
With my prayers, your brother in Christ,
Rector, St. Martin in the Bull Ring’