Coronavirus update for Westbourne Parish Church

Updates to arrangements and Andrew's weekly letter to the Parish during the global coronavirus outbreak can be found in our news section.


New update due to the coronavirus pandemic (14 January 2021)

  • From 15 January 2021 - Westbourne Parish Church will be closed to visitors until further notice.
  • All gathered services in the Parish Church will cease until further notice. This affects immediately the act of Evening Prayer scheduled for 17 January, and all subsequent scheduled events.
  • A weekly newsletter is circulated by email to parishioners on the church's mailing list. You can read the web version in our news section


Prayers and intercessions for individuals during the corona outbreak

Church of England liturgy and prayer resources

Church of England Guidance for Parishes on the corona outbreak (March 2020) - this includes FAQs, digital resources, and more.


Visiting and pastoral care

In the meantime, face-to-face visiting will necessarily reduce, but pastoral care will not diminish with (hopefully) an imaginative and attentive use of phone and electronic communication.


Prayer requests

Do please contact me appropriately if I can help or signpost to others. Also, to let me be aware of any persons for whom we should particularly pray from week to week, or indeed if there are health or other developments of which you would like me to be aware. I hope in all things to be working sensitively alongside the Parish Council, the local schools, the trades and businesses, pubs and café, and a new group initiated by the good folk of Westbourne Weekend to enable an effective community response to our current challenges.   

Ironically it is at times such as this that your parish needs you most. I ask you in your own living to have a sharp eye upon the needs of neighbours, and especially those who might be most badly affected by the demands of self-isolation.

Do presume, too, that things will change - at times, with a bewildering rapidity - and so keep aware of local and national statements, as well as those regarding our churches.  

Stay positive in your approach to one another, if you can; stay caring; and yet also stay wise and safe.  And pray for the day when these sufferings be overcome and our constraints may indeed be lifted. 

A Prayer

O God of love and mercy, strengthen us we pray, 
that this parish which is to us a place of work or relaxation, 
of home or schooling, of worship or other endeavour; 
a place of present pain or joy, alike;
may also be for all a realm of kindness and respect, 
with a neighbourly care reflecting your own dear love; 
in Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


With best wishes, 


Andrew Doye

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