Our six bishops have offered a greeting to our Sikh friends and communities for this year's Vaisakhi.
The full greeting can be read below.
Picture courtesy of Michael Clark.
"To Sikh friends, colleagues and communities on the occasion of Vaisakhi 2021
"We send our warmest greetings to you this Vaisakhi.
"We know that Vaisakhi is usually an occasion when families and communities come together to remember and celebrate the Khalsa, in homes, Gurdwaras and with Nagar Kirtans. We would like to express our sadness that this year, once again, such gatherings will not be possible.
"As we continue to feel the impact of the COVID 19 global pandemic, we are deeply aware of the devastating impact of the virus for so many. May we assure you of our continued prayers for all those who have been affected, both here in the UK and throughout the world.
"In these trying and uncertain times we give thanks for the invaluable contributions of the Sikh community to our local and national life. During the past year, we have seen the Sikh values of hope, justice and self-service in action, as you have delivered food to hospitals and to vulnerable people in our communities, alongside offering practical support to elderly and isolated people across our districts. We greatly appreciate how the Sikh community has pulled together with different faith communities to offer each other support and friendship.
"And so, looking to the year ahead, we pray that your faith brings you strength and comfort, and may we wish you a joyful and peaceful Vaisakhi:
Bishop Nick Baines
Bishop Jonathan Gibbs
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley
Bishop Toby Howarth
Bishop Tony Robinson
Bishop Paul Slater