Managing the sameness

It is hard to believe that in two weeks from now we shall be approaching Good Friday and Easter.  One of the effects of lockdown, amongst many other things, appears to be the telescoping of time.  Many days that should be distinctively different from one another take on a sameness. I imagine this must be the case for office workers who find themselves doing everything they do from home, for those self-isolating and organising their lives without trips out to punctuate the flow of an ordinary day, and for families while they were home-schooling, attempting to make each day different, must have been difficult.

Close attention to a Lent book, a Lent course, or maintaining a Sunday discipline, albeit on line, is all good, but I am also sure that it is one of the main reasons why keeping St Mary’s open for worship every day, and especially every Sunday, has been so important.   Several people have described it to me as a lifeline, and the decision to keep it open through these ten, and it will be eleven, Sundays when the other churches have been closed has undoubtably been the right one. 

The habit and discipline of church-going has been forcibly broken for us all at times over the past twelve months, but the sooner it is possible for everyone physically able to attend Church to do so, the better.  All the various options for alternative worship on line have been vital to keep us together and provide some sense of corporate worship, but the longing for the real thing is becoming overwhelming.  We rejoice in the fact that all four churches will be carefully and safely open for worship on Sunday 28th March - for the beginning of Holy Week.

John Mann