Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, the Oversight have agreed that we will resume in-person services on Sunday 14 March 2021.
You may recall that churches were allowed to continue holding in-person services when the current lockdown was announced but we felt that it was right and proper, given the high prevalence of Covid-19 in the local area and restrictions placed on all areas of people’s lives, that we abstain from meeting in-person temporarily. Now that rates of infection have fallen significantly in the local area, we felt that the date that schools were allowed to return was an appropriate point to resume meeting.
As has been the case for a number of months, capacity will be strictly limited to ensure social distancing, the wearing of masks will be required (unless you have a medical exemption), and singing will not be possible. The booking system will therefore resume shortly – a separate message will be sent round about this. Please note that the one-way system will no longer be in force because people generally arrive and leave at specific times so this is no longer felt to be necessary.
We will, of course, continue streaming services online and it is planned for that to continue even once ‘normality’ returns for those who are unable to get to a service.
We hope that you will welcome this cautious return to meeting together. It has been a long and difficult period where we have not been able to meet as we would wish (and this will continue for some months) but we pray for a speedy full return to being able to meet together to sing, praise and worship our mighty God as a church family.
‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’Hebrews 10:23-25