A pastoral letter from the Bishop of Guildford

The last few days and weeks have been a confusing and bewildering time for us all. A growing
number across our communities have contracted the coronavirus, of whom a small proportion have
died. A far greater number are now self-isolating, including many able-bodied men and women
over the age of 70. Social gatherings have increasingly come to a halt. The economy is in freefall.

And yesterday we all received the news that church services are to be suspended for the time
being, so as to seek to contain the virus: another unprecedented move at a time when the very
word ‘unprecedented’ is becoming almost a cliché.

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