Church of England Diocese in Europe

A letter from the churchwardens

29 Jan 2021, 8 p.m.
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Dear Friends,

In light of the ongoing situation with the novel coronavirus, and the extended lockdown, the council recently voted to recommend that in-person Sunday services not be held in our chaplaincy at St. Boniface, Bonn or All Saints, Cologne while the current restrictions are in place.

This decision was not easy, nor taken lightly, but was made with the health and safety of all in mind. Father Richard understands the concern and has agreed to honour the recommendation, for which we are very thankful.

This means that there will be no in-person Sunday services for the next three weeks: 31 January, 7 February,
14 February. Sunday services will continue on Zoom at 4 pm.

At present the next scheduled in-person service will be the Ash Wednesday service at All Saints, Cologne, on 17 February at 19:30.

It has been almost a year since the pandemic hit Germany, and while this year has been difficult for us all in different ways, the simple, inescapable fact is it has been difficult. We know that for some, attending church on a Sunday might be the only significant chance during the week to leave home and be with other people for a short time. Isolation and loneliness can be a threat to health and well-being, just as this novel virus is a threat. We do not take this lightly. It is our hope that as case numbers continue to fall, and — more significantly — as more and more are able to receive the vaccination, a return to church as we knew it before 2020 will be safe and possible.

The churchwardens would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Father Richard for all he has done for the chaplaincy this year, including, but certainly not limited to holding three services almost every Sunday since last May.

We will keep everyone updated over the coming weeks, by email, on the website, and the chaplaincy’s social media channels.

Until we can meet again in person, please stay safe, and reach out to Father Richard or any of the churchwardens if you need anything.