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Chelmsford Diocese Advice Regarding New National Lockdown

4th Jan 2021

Chelmsford Diocese has written to clergy, churchwardens, Licensed Lay Ministers and Lay Chairs  following the Prime Ministers announcement of a new national lockdown. The email reads as follows:


Dear colleague

New National Lockdown

The Prime Minister has this evening announced a new national lockdown across England.

The accompanying Government guidance states that ‘you can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship’ during the lockdown period.

However, as you are aware we continue to be the worst hit area of the country and our hospitals are now under extraordinary pressure. We must do all that we can to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and the NHS.

We therefore strongly advise that following the Feast of Epiphany on Wednesday, all services should move online (with no congregation physically present). The only exception to this is funerals. We also advise that any face to face meetings take place by other means or are cancelled.

The Church of England has also issued a statement this evening which can be read here.

We will be in touch again with further information as the details and implications of this new lockdown become clearer.

In the meantime we repeat our thanks for all that you continue to do in your parishes and communities during this most difficult of times.

Yours in Christ


The Diocesan Communications Group.


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