Church of the Holy Spirit, Dovecot - Statement 14th June 2020
You will have heard in the news of the Government’s approval for churches to open for “supervised private prayer from Monday 15th June.
Bishop Paul has written to all churches in the Diocese giving his support to any who wish to open and equally supporting those who decide not to open.
As we are still without a vicar, the Leadership Team have taken the decision not to open Holy Spirit at this time but rather to continue to prepare for a general opening for public worship in the coming months.
This decision is made in order to protect everyone. The church would also need to be configured differently. There would be no books, no votive candles to light, chairs would need to be spaced for social distancing and of course cleaning between users leaving and entering. Also, due to the nature of our congregation, it would be difficult to supervise given that those who could take on the role are either in the “shielding” group or are key workers or just returning to work.
This was not an easy decision, but one we feel is right for Holy Spirit at this time and for the safety of all.
Although we do not meet in church at this time, we continue to be together spiritually and follow the many forms of active worship being offered during this difficult time be that via televised services, streamed services from churches in the diocese or simply our own private devotion in our homes. We look forward to the time when we can meet again and hopefully very soon afterwards welcome Fr Peter to Holy Spirit.
Until then, please take care, stay safe and pray for each other as we continue to negotiate the changes and challenges to our everyday lives.