We are happy to see the government's latest announcement that our church buildings will be permitted to open for worship from the 4th July and are pleased to announce that our benefice is going to re-open for public worship on a limited basis in August. Each service will be open to the whole benefice and will have numerous changes compared to services before lock-down to ensure that any risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 is limited.
As we re-open our benefice may we remind you that it is not possible to say with certainty that our services will be safe from Coronavirus. As with any activity at this time, there is an element of risk. However, we are putting in every effort to reduce the risk as much as possible.
Revd Guy and the Churchwardens are aware that not everyone will be able to, or feel safe to, return to public worship at this time. In light of this, we will still be providing our online content and Zoom services and, as ever, we will be praying for you and the communities you live in. Remember that God is with us and has given us hope that cannot be extinguished - not even by months of separation - hope of a restored world, hope in the faithfulness of God, and hope in God who loves us.
Regrettably, we continue to suspend all our mid-week activities and Tiddlywinks toddler group but will review this ready for the new academic year in September.
These are still anxious and uncertain times, with the Coronavirus reminding us that we are not in control of our lives. In the midst of all this, one thing is certain: Jesus is Lord, he is still in control and has won the victory over sin, death, sickness, and ultimately Coronavirus. With that in mind, we should be aware but not alarmed, prepared but not panicked.
This doesn’t make life any less difficult at this time but provides us with hope, hope that all need to hear. This is our time to give hope to those who are afraid and to hold onto the hope we have.