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Coronavirus: South Holland Church of England services suspended

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South Holland church leaders are now following an instruction from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to suspend all Church of England services following the coronavirus outbreak.

But churches are remaining open and officials are doing what they can to help people through the crisis.

The Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, said: "The Archbishops have made the unprecedented decision to suspend all public worship.

The Rev John Bennett
The Rev John Bennett

"We are determined that the church will remain open every day to everyone and we have made hand-washing facilities easily available for visitors. The clergy will continue to pray in church each morning and evening.

"We are keeping in touch with people on our website and Facebook page, and I know that some of the older members of the church are talking about how they can support each other if they have to stay away. I am phoning people and encourage them to phone me.

"We have asked people to contact us, if they have to self-isolate and we have suggested that, if they don't have family living nearby, they let us have an emergency phone number.

"We have a good team and as events unfold we will keep looking to see what we can do to help people through this crisis."

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