Concerning measures to slow the COVID- 19 virus, the time has come not only for us to suspend public worship, but for us to close our church buildings entirely, across the Church of England, Birmingham. In doing this, we are demonstrating the importance of people staying at home and maintaining physical distancing in saving lives. Please add notices to your website and social media platforms, as appropriate, and tell people by phone, how they can join with the church in worship and prayer with an emergency telephone number so that contact can be made if required.

Clergy and Leaders should continue their pattern of prayer and worship in their homes. Those who wish to offer access to this online, are encouraged to do so from their homes only, in accordance with the strict government guidance to restrict all non-essential travel. St Philip’s Cathedral, will also be closed and no longer continuing in use as a location from which services will be streamed or recorded. Resources to enable this further will be available online.
 
For the duration of this Crisis, all are called to consider our actions against the need to support the common good and also protect ourselves, families and neighbours. The very love of neighbour that leads us to want to come together requires us to sacrifice congregating for a season.