As of Thursday 5th November 2020, England is in national lockdown and collective public worship is not permitted in church buildings.
Worship for the Parish of Lexden will continue online, however. We will gather virtually for Sunday worship which will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook each Sunday at 9.45am. A midweek Eucharist will also be live-streamed at 9am each Wednesday, and our Junior Church, Messy Church and other videos will continue to be posted online. You can also join us on facebook for live-streamed morning prayer at 9am on Mondays, and evening prayer at 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
During lockdown we expect that St Leonard’s will usually open for individual private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays from 11am until 2pm, subject to the latest requirements about self-isolation, social distancing, and wearing face coverings. When coming for individual prayer, please use the NHS app and check-in using the QR on the inside door.
While nothing can substitute perfectly for gathering physically as a church community, this is not a suspension of church, but another moment when we are called to discover different ways of being the Body of Christ in this time of pandemic. The ability of many to worship online, of others to be in touch with each other over the telephone, and all of us to pray wherever we are, can continue to feed and strengthen our community.
Our last public act of worship in St Leonard’s for a while included a baptism. We parted physically amid that hope, grace and outpouring of the spirit, and we hope that the closing blessing from that service may bring you comfort in the weeks ahead:
May God keep you in all your days.
May Christ shield you in all your ways.
May the Spirit bring you healing and peace.
May God the Holy Trinity drive all darkness from you
and pour upon you blessing and light;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev’d Matthew Simpkins,
Priest in Charge, St Leonard’s Lexden