At St Mary’s in Rye we are doing our best to follow the government’s advice on the coronavirus pandemic and that of the Church of England during this difficult and worrying time.
In accordance with the advice of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (the two most senior clergy in the Church of England) we are suspending all church services until further notice.
Starting next Monday, March 23 we will be praying daily at 10am for the current situation, the people of Rye, and all those we know and love, and this will be marked by the tolling of the tenor bell.
We are also planning to video the Thursday Holy Communion service (whether or not there is anyone present) and upload this on our Facebook page, which will be a way for people to stay in touch.
We have reluctantly taken the decision to close the tower and shop until further notice, but the church will still be open for prayer
If parishioners would like specific prayers please contact the parish office on 01797 222318 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Prayer Net in the church will remain functioning, at least for the time being, so anyone is welcome to write a prayer request on a paper fish and fix it to the net.
These requests are prayed for, and I will bless them every Sunday morning, even if there is no service.
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