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The Church is changing: all Public Worship suspended

The Dean of Salisbury has suspended all public worship following the latest guidance from the government and the Church...

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The Church is changing: all Public Worship suspended

Posted By : Roz Mitchell Tuesday 17th March 2020

The Dean of Salisbury has suspended all public worship following the latest guidance from the government and the Church of England regarding COVID-19.  All concerts and events have been suspended for the time being but the Cathedral remains open for prayer and reflection. If you have purchased tickets for any events affected we will be in touch soon. 

Visitors and those who wish to engage in private prayer can access the building between 08.30 to 16.30 on weekdays and Saturday, and 11.30 to 16.00 on Sundays. Anyone visiting is advised to keep to the recommended 'social distance' of 2 metres. The Chapter House and Magna Carta exhibition are closed but a near perfect facsimile is on display in North Transept.

Dean Nicholas said:
"The rhythm of prayer will go on unaltered at the Cathedral but we are reluctantly suspending public worship. It is at the heart of all that we do here, however, these are extraordinary times and our focus must now be on keeping our community, visitors, staff and volunteers safe. We will endeavour to reach out in other ways, sharing worship online and allowing visitors to enjoy this wonderful building on the internet for the time being rather than in person."

Anyone seeking further information on funerals and weddings should contact the Canon Precentor Anna Macham on precentor@salcath.co.uk 

The art exhibition, Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour, is in place and will remain so until the end of the year, with discussions underway to extend it into 2021, and the Cathedral are hoping to make elements of the Cathedral story and experience available online, along with the peregrines that are currently preparing to nest on the South Tower balcony and can be viewed via the Tower webcam

In a letter to the Diocese the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, encouraged everyone to join in the National Day of Prayer on Sunday and place a lighted candle in their window. The Bishop said: "Buildings can stay open.  We are not stopping church, we are not closing anything, we ARE saying ‘church is changing'. Weddings and funerals can go ahead where it is possible to observe social distancing (2m) based on common sense applied locally in buildings that are usually capable of accommodating this. 

"Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember specially those who are sick or anxious and all involved in our Health Service. As one action we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m, if it is safe to do so, as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished."

A joint letter issued by Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu can be read here

For any further information please contact Marie Thomas m.thomas@salcath.co.uk 01722 555148