Covid – 19 Letter

Revd Dr Stephen Sichel

Revd Alice Hole

Mr John Atterbury Davies

Mrs Sarah Feilding

St Matthews Church

Brixton Hill, SW2 1JF

To the Congregation of St Matthew with St Jude, Brixton

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Many of you will be aware that the Archbishops have announced that ‘our usual pattern of Sunday service and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold’. They went on to say that ‘this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop’. Indeed they have said that being part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead. ‘Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church and more characterised by the prayer and service that we offer each day.’

Here at St Matthews:

  • The church will be closed but the clergy will be in church for prayer between 8.30 to 9.30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. At these times we will say morning prayer and we will pray for those on the prayer list as well as anyone you ask us to pray for. Please text on 07776 128631

(Sadly these are not acts of worship expecting a congregation)

  • On Fridays and Saturdays we will be praying at home.

  • Stephen and Alice will celebrate Holy Communion on Tuesdays and Sundays at 8.30am. We are planning to share this with everyone starting on Sunday 29th March via the internet – information to follow

  • We encourage you to be even more committed to your times of personal prayer and worship. The pew sheet is attached and you will know many friends and neighbours who you will want to pray for. Again, please let Stephen and Alice know if you would like to be included in daily prayer at St Matthews. 07776 128631

  • The bishop of Southwark said, ‘It is so important in these difficult times that we are there to offer hope in the face of fear. As we hold onto hope whilst facing reality, I want to invite you to pray together for our nation and for all those affected by Coronavirus at 1pm each day. Please pause in whatever you are doing and say the Lord’s prayer, and again at 7pm. Where is it safe, perhaps you could light a candle in your window each evening as a symbol of Christ’s light in our world.

PCC and Annual Meeting

  • Our next PCC is scheduled for May 18th. If the current situation continues, we plan to have the meeting via Zoom, virtual meeting software that seems reasonably easy to use.

  • The annual meeting will take place on May 31st, Pentecost Sunday, again using Zoom if necessary.

Stephen and Alice will meet twice a week and keep you informed of all that is happening in our community as far as possible. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to share with the rest of St Matthew’s.

In his letter, Bishop Christopher said ‘we are living through hard realities at present but as we do this, we hold on to strong hope that we have in Jesus Christ. The light of Christ will not be extinguished as we seek to live Christ-centred, outward-focussed lives, we can be a light to those around us in these difficult times.’

Let us keep one another in our prayers and keep each other informed of all that is happening.

Many Blessings

Stephen, Alice, John and Sarah