The COVID-19 pandemic has brought circumstances we have not experienced before. In these unprecedented times, decisions have had to be made that have never been made before.
The Cathedral is closed until further notice and all public worship and other Cathedral activities are suspended.
This decision was not taken lightly, however the priority is for the safety and wellbeing of the Cathedral community and those who attend our Cathedral building. Our whole community is facing a challenge that we can only meet by working together, looking out for each other and taking the responsible course of action for our own care and the care of our most vulnerable citizens.
The Cathedral Office will have limited staff and office opening hours will be reduced. We have ceased all volunteer activity at the Cathedral, this is to prevent the need for people to travel and to reduce the public risk of exposure.
Cathedral activities, including the Centre for Spirituality events, Magellan Chamber recital, Concerts-At-One and annual Art Exhibition, have been suspended.
With change comes opportunity, and this situation will cause us as a Cathedral to find different ways of being together and connecting.
We will maintain an online worshipping presence for as long as possible via our Facebook page here and regular updates will be posted on our website. A phone ministry of pastoral care will be enacted. Bishop David will continue his emails and provide some spiritual input to those on the Centre for Spirituality email list. Creative ways are also being explored to maintain our music ministry.
What we usually do in a crisis, is worship with one another for support; it is ironic that a pandemic prevents us from doing the very thing that would help. However, God is not limited by our limitations, and let us look for the opportunity God gives to grow our spiritual connection with God and with each other through this wilderness time.
God bless you and give you peace.
The Very Reverend Chris Chataway, Dean
23 March 2020