Church of England Diocese of Oxford All Saints, Highfield

Church open and in-person worship re-starting

19 Feb 2021, 9:45 a.m.
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With the reductions in Covid-19 cases, and the high proportion of our worshippers who have been vaccinated, the churchwardens are now happy that we can begin to plan re-open the church again. The PCC supported this move at their meeting on Tuesday 16<sup>th</sup>.

This is NOT a return to normal life. All the distancing and masking rules that applied at services all through the autumn will still apply. Still no singing I am sorry to say.

For the next two Sundays, 21 and 28<sup>th</sup> February, the church will be open for prayer from 9:30 am till 12:00 noon. From 10am Keith Waters will kindly be playing the organ, Lent hymn tunes and the like, for half an hour or so.

On Sunday 7 March we will begin having services again, with Holy Communion at 10am, led by Peter Boulton-Lea. By then Covid rates will be even lower, and vaccination rates higher. The only thing that might change this is if the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22<sup>nd</sup> contains any great surprises – e.g. schools not opening at all from Monday 8 March.

It will be a great joy to worship together again, and to at least see each other. However, you should only attend if you feel safe to do so. Christine Tucker has offered to continue organising Compline at 8:30 pm each Sunday evening, so this will still be an option.