Church of England Diocese of Hereford Presteigne with Discoed

Message from our Rector, 17 July 2020

17 Jul 2020, 4:45 p.m.

Dear Friends

This note comes with my very best wishes and the Readings and Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity for use with the Morning Service for saying at home – or any other service, for that matter!

On the subject of services, I’m delighted to be able to report that we’ll be holding a Service of Holy Communion (from the Book of Common Prayer) this Sunday – 19th July – at 11am in St Andrew’s Presteigne.

It won’t be what we’re used to –

we’re not allowed to sing,

there will be hand sanitizer at the door,

two-metre distancing regulations will be in force,

there can be no wine at communion,

no refreshments afterwards,

and our post-service mingling will be out in the churchyard.

It will seem very strange at first, but we’ll get the hang of it.

I’ll give you all the instructions you need at the start of the service, but I should perhaps say now that if you are attending with others from your own household or ‘bubble’ you may move a chair and sit together. Otherwise, we must all maintain two-metre distancing at all times.

Everyone is very welcome, of course, (from any of our churches) but I realise that some members will still be ‘shielding’ and others won’t feel ready to join us yet. Please don’t feel under any obligation to come if you’re not comfortable with the idea, but I’m really looking forward to joining the congregation on Sunday – however big or small it might be – and we will be thinking of those who can’t be with us for whatever reason.

Keep safe and well!


Rev Steve Hollinghurst