Hope you and yours are keeping well in this rapidly changing time. I am finding the list of things to do and not to do, quite disorientating and confusing at times. I want to get things right for other people as well as for myself, but understanding the latest government guidelines is sometimes difficult, and just when I think I have grasped what is required, it has again changed! But we know that the guidelines are about protection for self and others and we are all doing our best to keep up and comply.
I am sure this resonates with all of us....
which leads me to our Morning Prayer service tomorrow, at 10 30, which I am looking forward to leading.
There are a few instructions to help us all remain as safe as possible.
Firstly, it is now mandatory, by law, to wear a mask or face covering to attend church, unless you have an exemption on health grounds.
Secondly, there will be no singing during the service. As at last week's service, hymns will be played for us to listen to, as government guidelines, endorsed by the Church of England prohibit singing to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Thirdly, the responses we would usually join in to say out loud, I will ask everyone to remain silent and respond in our heads, again, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
We are dealing with the connectivity and sound problems experienced last week, but this remains a work in progress, so I would ask for your patience, as we continually work to improve.
I have attached tomorrow's service sheet for you to either print off or use on your electronic device which you can bring to the service.
I hope you understand that we are having to adapt how we meet together to worship as safely as possible. Nonetheless, it is a real joy to share with you in worship, whether you are able to attend church or whether you will be joining us remotely on our Facebook live-stream or later on Facebook, Youtube or our dedicated phone line.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend in this wonderful Summer weather and may God's blessing be upon you and your household,
Revd Gill Younger
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