On Friday the 13th March the Cantonal Authorities of Vaud announced additional restrictions including the closure of our schools and the limiting of gatherings to under 50 people.

This has direct implications for the life of our Church Family, and after the Chaplain met with the Church Wardens, the following decisions have been taken.

For the next two Sundays, that is the 29th March and the 5th April we will not meet for worship as a gathered community, at All Saints Church. This decision has been taken to reflect and respect the advice that our Federal and Cantonal authorities have provided.

Although we may not be able to worship as a family gathered in the same building, we will be able to worship as a family scattered throughout the area. Although these ideas are at a very early stage, our hope is to provide the church family with creative ways to worship at home. These resources will include material for children and teens as well as adults which may include connecting our Core Jr & Sr groups online.

Again, reflecting the Cantonal guidelines given today, Little Arrows is pressing the “pause button” most likely until after the Easter holidays. Although Place2B and Ripple will not meet in the Church Hall for the time being, we are looking into creative ways of connecting online.

My prayer is that during this time our church family would be an oasis of peace, where people can find hope in times of uncertainty and anxiety. I pray that each of us would know deeply that “the eternal God is our refuge and underneath are his everlasting arms.” Please continue to pray for those infected by the coronavirus, for those who care for them, and for health specialists and authorities who are combating the spread of infection. Could I ask everyone in our church family to be mindful of those within the church who are vulnerable, or who are on their own or who are elderly. If you find yourself restricted to the house, do let us know so we can support you.

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