Updated: Mar 19
Dear Church Family,
I am delighted to be able to write to you this week with some positive news! “Hurray!” I hear you cry…
Following some recent government and Church of England communications, I can tentatively announce that we are planning to re-open our churches for public worship. The news is even sweeter as I am thrilled to be opening our doors in time for Easter Day – in fact, we will be ready to welcome you back into the buildings from Maundy Thursday (1st April).
Our Holy Week and Easter schedule looks like this:
Maundy Thursday (1st April)
Holy Communion followed by the Stripping of the Altar and a short vigil.
7pm at St Peter’s (and live on Facebook).
Good Friday (2nd April)
Tenebrae Service. A service of music and readings for Good Friday.
2pm at All Saints.
Easter Sunday (4th April)
Holy Communion for the whole family – 9.30am at St Peters (and live on Facebook).
Holy Communion – 11.15am at All Saints.
Prayer and Praise. Contemporary worship for Easter – 7pm at St Peter’s.
As refreshing as I hope this change will be, please be aware that social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing will all still be in place for the coming months. We will also be unable to reintroduce congregational singing, with the limitations remaining in place until the government lifts all restrictions.
Livestreaming the services from St Peter’s will remain a central part of how we offer access to worship. Therefore, those of you who are shielding, or are still not sure about venturing into the churches can watch along on the Facebook page.
I hope to see many of you over the Holy Week and Easter period. The thought of missing a second Easter as a gathered community was upsetting and although these conditions are not ideal, I am grateful for the opportunity to worship together again. Thanks be to God!