Tomorrow begins Holy Week and marks the moment when all our churches are back with in-person services once again. It has been eleven weeks with just St Mary’s open for worship, but I hope that it will not be necessary for the lockdown to involve closed services again. We shall continue to provide for people who are only able to access services at home in a number of ways. All Saints’ will be live-streaming the service at 10.30 a.m. on Sundays, St Nicholas’ will provide a 6.30 p.m. zoom service, and the service to read and follow printed for the website, and for posting out in hard copy, for each Sunday will continue for the foreseeable future.
The form of service being used in each of the churches is dependent on a number of factors, but mostly on what is being allowed under the Government’s lockdown restrictions: so, still no congregational singing, face coverings, of course, and social distancing. Holy Communion will be available at all four churches at some time on Easter Day, but regularly Sunday by Sunday, probably only at St Mary’s. We hope that the choir at St Mary’s can return after 12th April, but await confirmation.
Details of all these services will be available on notices and websites week by week as conditions change and the opening up dates set by the Government are reached. Still, it is good news that the Churches will be opening up a little more from tomorrow and we look forward to more happening in due course - with great care and attention to restrictions, which goes without saying these days.
P.S. I think it is time to return to a twice a week blog from tomorrow. Thank you to all who follow my ramblings!