A BROMSGROVE vicar said people would find ‘alternative ways to worship’ after services up and down the country were suspended to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.
The decision was taken by the Church of England yesterday and follows the closing of theatres around the UK.
Weddings and funerals will continue for the time being.
Rev Ray Khan, the vicar of St John’s, said: “As a consequence of caring for our neighbour and following the advice from the government some churches in Bromsgrove have suspended public acts of worship.
“We wish to share the love and not the infection and so will continue to serve our great town in the best ways possible.”
One example at St John’s sees the church remain open for private prayer and space during the week and on Sunday mornings.
St John’s will also be offering resources for prayer and worship on its Facebook page.
Rev Khan added: “Suspending a worship service is never an easy choice to make, a service is the focal point for spiritual nurture, friendship and support, however we have to look after each other and I am sure that all the churches will strive to offer all these in different ways.”