This is not only a testing time for us as a nation, but also a test for us as a Church. In the past, during times of persecution and conflict, the Church has had to reinvent its ways of meeting and being together.

Those testing times have often been periods of remarkable re-invigoration and growth, and I am praying that this season, though not welcomed by any of us, will be just that – a time when we are forced to learn new ways to connect more closely with one another and with our communities.

Our vision is to enable every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Jesus Christ and my hope is that this crisis will enable us to discover new ways to do just that together.

From the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin