Following the Prime Ministers statement reinstating public worship from 4th July, preparations are being put in place for services across the parish. As I write, we are still waiting for detailed government guidance and revised church procedures.
All Saints opens for public worship 11.00 am on Sunday 5th July with a said service of Morning Prayer with music for the soul and imagination, chosen played on the organ by John Winter. The theme will be 'gratitude and thanksgiving' to mark the 72nd anniversary of National Health Service.
Under present conditions, we are unable to sing during services or offer refreshments afterwards. Hand sanitizer will be provided for your use as you enter and as you leave the church. Social distancing must be followed at all times, and to meet guidelines a one-way entry and exit arrangement is in place. Entrance will be as usual through the main door on Shenley Road, and exit will be through the north door out into the piazza.
We do not expect 'service as usual' or, that we shall return to being the community at prayer and worship as we were before lockdown for a while yet. So the services that will follow over the next few weeks will aim to be meaningful, short (30 minutes or so) and focused to help us adjust to gathering in public again and gently address the consequences and the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
Until we are able to return to our normal pattern of services, the pre-recorded Sunday webcasts will continue, and include hymns and music.
We are also in the process of introducing streaming facilities for those who are shielding, and for people unable to attend funerals and weddings because of the numbers limit, presently set by the government.
Revd Tim Warr
27th June 2020