I know the government statements today will further raise questions about church life after 19th July both within our congregations and from interested members of our communities. As before, I am forwarding the most recent comment from the Church of England, which indicates that the recovery group is still awaiting full government guidance for places of worship on which they will base what is published by the Church of England for our churches,
Updated Monday 12th July, 6.32pm
A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “We note the Health Secretary’s statement in the House of Commons this afternoon and the Prime Minister’s press conference this evening confirming plans to move towards the next stage of the Government’s roadmap on July 19 while urging caution in response to rising cases of Covid-19 propelled by the Delta variant.
“The prospect of the lifting of legal restrictions will be both a relief and a cause of anxiety and we are aware that there is likely still to be significant guidance in place.
“We have already been considering our current guidance to churches and are awaiting updated Government guidance for places of worship.
“We will also be seeking further clarification through the Government’s Places of Worship Taskforce, which meets later this week, on a range of areas affecting public worship and places of worship.”The Reverend Samantha Stayte
The Lyn Valley Mission Community