After 20 weeks of lockdown, St Luke's resumed public worship on Sunday 2nd August at 10am. Fr Michael Johnson, the priest who said the last Mass before lockdown, celebrated this first mass of the COVID era.
Risk Assessments have been set in place and the relevant guidelines have been followed to provide a COVID secure environment. We had opened the church a couple of times in July for private prayer, but this was the first time we had celebrated mass since March. <span style="font-size: 1rem;"> With some shuffling of furniture, the addition of signage for guidance, and facilities for good social distancing and the use of face coverings, we wanted to reassure the </span>congregation<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> that the were safe. Many of our congregation had been in shielding and this was the first nervous steps back into worship.</span>
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">The turn out was pleasing many of the </span>congregation attended and some new worshippers also. The arrangements coped well and everyone was seated within social distancing guidelines. It seemed strange not to be able to share peace and have no singing or to have communion at arms length but this as they say is the 'New Norm', we will become more accustomed to it and we can hope and pray for a time when we will be able to sing, to shake hands, kneel at the Lord's table and socialise together.