Reopening for Worship
Yes, the day we felt might never come is nearly here – we are opening again for in-person services on Sunday, 18th July for both the 10am Parish Eucharist and our Choral Evensong at 5:30. Both services will continue to be live-streamed. We have listened carefully to the desire from our worshipping community and staff members to regather, and following Provincial guidelines and instructions from the Bishop's Office have decided to have a 'soft opening' before a relaunch of our expanded schedule for worship - Sundays and Midweek - in September.
We will still be following COVID-19 protocols, meaning that we will be wearing masks during the service, only receiving bread at the Eucharist, and keeping physical distancing measures – this means that in order to attend you will need to book for the morning service via [email protected] and let us know how many you are hoping to book for. Your booking will be confirmed soon after you send your email – please book by the Thursday before you hope to attend and please don’t book more than two weeks in advance. Please note, as we are continuing what we have been calling our Zoom Hybrid format, there will be times when those of us in the Church building will not see contributors such as intercessors, readers, or even preachers – though we will be able to hear them through our sound system.
The evening service will not need to be booked unless we find there is significan demand to attend in-person, please arrive a few minutes before we begin to sign in and find a place to sit.
These measures, as directed by the Bishop’s Office, will remain in place to keep us as safe and healthy as possible whilst the pandemic continues, they won’t be in place forever but for now we do need to take as much care as possible.
We hope to resume some of our midweek Eucharist activities starting in September – and we hope that we will find ourselves with much more flexibility in the coming months. I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you again, in person, in the not too distant future.