UPDATED: Thursday, 26 March 2020
For all members of our Cathedral community
In response to the spreading impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with directions from both church and government authorities, Parish Council has agreed to the following measures.
All public religious services in the parish are to be suspended until further notice.
This includes baptisms, funerals and weddings as well as Sunday services and the Wednesday morning service. It also applies to Holy Apostles Church, Copmanhurst as well as All Saints Church, Lawrence.
Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer will continue to be offered each day and you can join by Zoom (email us for the link).
Arrangements will be made for private funeral services, but baptisms will only be performed in the most urgent cases and with special permission from the Bishop.
Check this page for different ways to engage with Grafton Cathedral online during the pandemic:
Volunteers aged 60 years of age or older are advised to consider whether they should suspend their involvement during the period of the pandemic. The Cathedral Bookshop and OpShop will close for an initial period of two weeks while we determine whether they can function with reduced hours and a different set of volunteers.
Parish clergy and Parish Council members will allocate additional time to offering personal support to isolated and frail parishioners, including assistance with accessing online opportunities for community, study and worship.
We have established the Cathedral Pantry to provide essential household items and non-perishable food for distribution to at-risk members of the wider community.
We urge everyone to establish automatic payments of gifts in support of the Cathedral’s ministry using the Parish Provider program from Anglican Funds Grafton Diocese or the online payments facility through the Cathedral app.
We shall review all these arrangements on a regular basis and be guided by advice from the Bishop.
Please hold each other in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time.
Grace and peace.
Gregory C. Jenks