ST. MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH SERVICES
Message from our Church Wardens 27 March:
Our current times are moving quickly and no sooner had we submitted church articles for the April newsletter things had changed. So here are a few updates to those stated in the newsletter when it appears.
ALL church services are now cancelled for the foreseeable future, and this sadly includes weddings, baptisms and there are strict rules for funerals. We hoped we could keep our church open for anyone to enter for a time of reflection and prayer. However, it is with regret that ALL churches have now been instructed to close. Ashley Church is no longer open and this includes no cleaning/daily opening & locking/flowers until we come out of lockdown - individuals on these rotas stated on the back page of the newsletter have been notified. The ripple effect of the current lockdown goes further.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), which is where Parochial Church Council (PCC) members and Churchwardens are annually elected in March/April, is now cancelled until later in the year. In the meantime we have arranged for 24-hour Guard Response cover for the roof alarm from the current roof alarm provider. At the moment, if an intruder sets off the roof alarm a responder from a 'village responders list' is alerted to carry out an initial investigation before either the police or the alarm company arrive. Setting up the 24-hour Guard Response will keep our village responders safe and they have been stood down for the time being. The light in the porch and lychgate will remain lit at night and the clock will continue to chime as a sign of hope.
Finally, we know many of you are missing worshipping and visiting our church. We are too, and it feels a very surreal and serious situation none of us could have imagined only a couple of weeks ago.
Our prayers are with everyone to keep safe and well.
Lisa and Eddie