Update on changes to government rules

Many have been praying for things to return to normal when it comes to gathering for worship on a Sunday.  It is clear, however, that a “return to normal” is not something that is on the cards at the moment.

In the past week the Government released its detailed guidance on reopening places of worship. This was followed on Wednesday by the Church of England’s response and further guidance.

One thing is very clear from both: this is not a return to normal. There are still lots of necessary restrictions, hygiene considerations, and of course prayerful considerations to take into account. 

The new rules are permissive, not mandatory. Put simply, just because we can open doesn’t mean that we should – yet.

We will have to wait before our worship spaces are ready to open safely for services to all.

Please pray for wisdom and grace for the Leadership team as we seek to respond appropriately.

In the meantime, there has been good news of reopening in other areas: we are opening our Church building for private prayer twice a week from this Saturday , and the Old School Rooms Coffee shop opened this week for takeaway orders. And of course our worship continues to thrive online

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best…” Philippians 1:10

Let’s continue to pray for each other that our love for Jesus and each other would ‘abound’ as we seek to discern the next steps.