It is the end of June and still we are in lockdown. There has been some easing: we can hold small weddings and funerals and
Church is open daily for private prayer - see the Church Website for up to date times when St Mary’s is open. Still we are a long
way from ‘normal’ and it could be quite a few months until we are back to life as we knew it.

Although the building is closed the Church is still present, chiefly because you are the Church. The Church is still offering worship
every day scattered in our homes across the parish. The Church is still caring for our neighbours, through our prayers and
intercessions, through kind words spoken when others are feeling the strain, and through practical help.

For those who have not yet discovered it, there are services broadcast each week from Church. You can watch and join in live
every Sunday morning at 10am and every Thursday at 9.30am on The Church’s Facebook page. The services are available later
on the Parish Website as well as on Facebook.

From the first Sunday in July we are allowed to open again for limited public worship. I met this week with the Churchwardens,
and we agreed that people are very cautious about this and do not want us to open just yet. We have decided to set the first
Sunday in August (
Sunday 2nd August) as the day on which we will finally open again. Mark that day in your diary!

There will be the necessary safety measures in place to allow us to begin to meet together again in our Church to worship. At first
we will not be able to sing hymns, and we will still broadcast the service on Facebook and Church website for those who are not
able to gather in Church.

God bless you, keep safe, and if I can be of any help in these strange and difficult days, please just get in touch.

Tim
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