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Welby advises elderly to skip Christmas worship

Welby advises elderly to skip Christmas worship

Interviewed on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, advised the elderly to not attend worship during the Christmas season. Churches in the Church of England are conducting in-person worship even in areas experiencing high rates of Covid-19 cases.

Listen to the 5-minute interview here.

As reported by The Mail:

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby today told the elderly not to go to church on Christmas Day as he warned it is ‘too dangerous’.

Places of worship will remain open across the nation over the festive period, even in Tier 4 areas of England which are subject to the toughest coronavirus restrictions.

But Mr Welby this morning urged the elderly to be ‘sensible’ and not to feel there is a ‘compulsion’ to attend church services.

“…keep away from the choir and above all, to quote the Dean of Canterbury, don’t mingle after the service, wave happily to people and go.’

Boris Johnson yesterday announced London, the South East and the East of England were being moved into a new Tier 4 from today to combat the spread of a new variant of the disease.

The variant spreads more quickly than its predecessor and Health Secretary Matt Hancock today warned it is ‘out of control’ in Tier 4 areas


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Peggy Hansen

I don’t believe that Archbishop Welby advised people to “skip Christmas worship” (your headline). I believe he advised people to skip in-person worship services. Certainly we can worship without attending services with lots of other folks.

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