Greetings to you all in these difficult and ever-changing times.
Following the lifting of Government restrictions that closed places of worship at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, All Saints’ Parish Church will be open for private prayer from Monday 22 June. As a first step, the PCC are pleased to be able to welcome everyone who wants to come, pray and light a candle. The building will be open from 10.00am - 12.00noon on Monday 22 June and Thursday 25 June. We hope to increase opening times in due course. The aim is to start slowly, making sure what we offer is sustainable. The church will continue to live stream each day, Morning and Evening Prayer and Sunday Parish Family Eucharist. Public worship in church will not resume until the Government says it is safe to do so.
Social distancing measures, cleaning, and hand sanitisation arrangements have been put in place. Volunteers will be on hand to ensure everyone is kept safe and that we abide by the distancing measures. You will be asked to provide contact details for the governments track and trace, these will be held confidentially for 21 days, and then destroyed. Numbers entering the church will be limited to ensure social distancing and we may need to queue outside if necessary – but I hope not! Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to wander around inside, until the church is fully open. Despite these restrictions, I am pleased that the church can begin to welcome everyone in the community who wishes to come to pray, sit quietly, light a candle, or reflect. Thank you to all who have offered to help steward, look after us during opening times.
The Covid-19 crisis has affected everyone in so many different ways. I suspect we have all felt the anxiety and nervousness around the pandemic. Many will want to come to mourn the death of a loved one and so many others across our communities. We will want to give thanks for the work of the NHS and all essential workers during this most difficult time. Many will be counting the economic cost both personally and for the nation and the disruption to children’s education, family life and threat to employment. Many will want to remember and thank God, for the extraordinary and many acts of kindness, support and friendliness that we have experienced and have made lockdown bearable, perhaps sparking a reminder of God’s transforming love among us. We may be wondering what kind of world we are moving into when much seems to have changed and be quite different from the one we left before lockdown. It is appropriate to want to bring all these feelings, thoughts, and experiences to God. All Saints’ Parish Church is our natural home and focus for prayer. Please do come if you wish to.
I ask please, that all prayer-visitors observe the arrangements in place for everyone’s safety. The building will be kept quiet and everyone is asked to respect the atmosphere of prayer.
With every blessing and my continued prayers for you all,
Revd Mandy Walker,
Vicar of All Saints’ Parish Church, Streetly