St. Michael's during the Covid-19 outbreak

Like all other organisations, St. Michael's is following official guidance on how to respond to the current outbreak of Covid 19 virus.

This statement was published on March 24th  2020 and was accurate at that date.

In accordance with the moves announced by the government last night, the church has had to be closed.

While it is no longer possible for individuals to come in to light candles, a single candle is being kept burning in the entrance porch, so visible from outside, accompanied by the following prayer.

Candle Prayer

Dear God, the candle we have lit represents each and every one of us whose lives have been touched and changed by the Corona virus. The light reminds us of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who is the light of the world and the light in our darkness. Give us, we pray, comfort in our anxiety and fear, courage and strength in our suffering, patience and compassion in our caring and consolation in our grief. But above all, give us hope now and always, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly, blessing each other by the way we behave. Stay calm and let those who are in high-risk groups or self-isolating know that you care for them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs of us being community together.

We are publishing our own aids to Prayer at Home on the website. Details of streamed services from around the Diocese can be found at

If you would like prayer (or other support) for you or someone else, please get in touch. We are happy to be contacted by email using the details shown here.


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