It has been brought to my attention that, until the Government sets out in law the limited circumstances in which groups of 30+ may gather together socially distanced, it would be illegal to hold our intended outdoor socially distanced act of worship.

I hope and pray that faith gatherings will form part of the Government’s ‘limited circumstances’ and that this will be clearly communicated very soon.

I apologise for any confusion which may have arisen as a consequence of the lack of clarity surrounding the easing of lock down for faith groups. It is my intention to ‘Worship in the Field’ as soon as it is legal so to do!

Your parish church building will be open for supervised private socially distanced prayer every Sunday 3pm – 5pm.

The Reverend Jonathan Swindells
Rector, Benefice of West Wittering, Birdham and Itchenor