14 Mar 2020
The Anglican Church Worldwide values the friendship and health of all it members, friends and their relatives.
As we monitor this pandemic coronavirus we are mindful that while we must not live in fear, we must be prudent and wise in our decisions. St. Francis of Assisi reminds in his torrent, “God creates our choices and leaves us to chose”; thus, we must care for each other and those that surround us.
It’s always painful to close the doors of the church but we must not linger to see what happens next; thus, as your Presiding Bishop, in conjunction with our House of Bishops, I have instructed all ACW Parishes and member affiliates in Africa, Caribbean, Australia, Canada & the USA to be closed for Sunday's worship until further clarification is assured. We advised you to be safe and take all measures of safety as recommended by the CDC, WHO and your local community leaders.
Take this time to enjoy your family that surrounds you and pray for each other. We are committed in the ACW to keep you up-to-date.
Hartley, Presiding Bishop ACW