At St George of England Church we delight in celebrating Christmas each year in the beauty of this ancient church, with the candles, the crib, the Christmas tree, and the light of the Advent Wreath which offer such a special worshipful atmosphere as we hear the Nativity story and give thanks for the birth of Jesus. However, this year will sadly be different due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
There have been some changes to our planned services:
23rd December Crib service cancelled
24th December – church open for private prayer from 3pm for 1 hour
24th December Christmas Eve Crib service 4pm – service cancelled
24th December 10pm service cancelled
25th December 10am service. Please contact Dee 872649 or Linda 714442 to give contact details and numbers attending.
I am very sorry to disappoint anyone who had been looking forward to coming to any of the cancelled services, but I hope you will understand our decision, which was taken in the light of Bedfordshire rapidly moving into Tier 3 and then Tier 4 last weekend, taking into account our local demographic and infection rates, the government guidelines that everyone should stay at home, and consideration of the personnel available to clean and steward. The health and safety of those coming to church is paramount in our thinking. Having just listened to the latest Government briefing this is even more important.
The Church has decided that it can best offer something of the Christmas Story by directing you to recorded services which we have devised. Links to these will be emailed out via the church email circulation list, and will also be posted on the church website, ‘A Church Near You’ page, and the church Facebook page. There is a Lessons and Carols service and a Family Service with guest visitor Samson The Donkey, and later in the week there will be a Nativity Service as well. There will also be a recorded service for Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning.
Next year, once this pandemic is over and we emerge safely, we plan as Church, to organise an All Age Celebratory event to express our joy and thanks that we can move forward. Then next Christmas, hopefully, we can return to our traditional ways.
We hope you understand these actions which are made with your care and safety in mind and we thank you for your understanding.
May we all hold fast to the Light of Christ. The Light is surely coming.
Stay safe and healthy and we offer you every blessing to you and your loved ones.
With love and prayer
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