If you have heard the bells ringing every evening since the start of lockdown Mark Two, at St John’s, Hale, and St George’s, Badshot Lea, and have wondered what is going on, the answer is that this is part of a call to prayer.
The archbishops and bishops are calling on everyone to pray at 6pm every day throughout lockdown and churches each to ring a single bell at the same time.
The archbishops wrote: “Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Christ to pray and to serve we call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever.
“Above all we recall people to some of the fundamental spiritual disciplines that shape our Christian life. How we do this is up to each congregation and clergy person. We will publish resources to support you… During the first lockdown we cheered for the NHS every Thursday. During this second lockdown we invite you to fast in a way appropriate to you as well as pray for our nation every Thursday, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer.”
Resources can be found here and there is a printable prayer booklet available too.
St John’s is also open for private prayer on Thursdays and Sundays, and St George’s on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
6 thoughts on “Praying throughout Lockdown”
Please can you not? It’s annoying and your “bells” sound ugly.
Which church are you hearing them from?
The one on the crossroads in Badshot Lea… they’re better than they used to be, but not much.
May I ask how long the daily Bell ringing at 6pm is to continue? For those who live very close to St John’s Church who are working from home it is invasive and we are no longer technically in lockdown.
There was bell-ringing at St John’s this evening (16th) because there was carol singing outside the church. Otherwise there hasn’t been any since the end of lockdown and it isn’t planned again for the foreseeable future.