Sunday 23rd May : In-person Worship Service
Many of us wondered how long lockdown restrictions would last, how long it would be before we get our vaccination, and how long it would be before we resumed Sunday services and midweek meetings in our building.
The deacons have regularly reviewed the situation in the light of the ever-changing rules from Welsh Government. With the country about to move from COVID Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on 17th May, it now seems good to us to attempt to resume in-person, face-to-face (mask to mask!) Sunday services in our building.
There are still many restrictions as to what we can do. However, I am sure you will support our need to be compliant with all the current Health and Safety regulations.
The in-person services will be at 11.00am in the building.
There will still be Live Zoom services at the usual time of 10.00am.
Both services will last about 45 minutes.
We are limited in the numbers that we can accommodate and it will be necessary to ‘book a seat’ at the church by contacting Sandra Bray (ideally between 15th-17th May). Priority will be given to those who do not normally join us live online at our Zoom service, and I am quite sure you will understand if it is not possible to accommodate everybody who wants to attend this first service. If we are ‘over-subscribed’ we will operate a rota system so that you can attend the following week.
And what better day to do this than Pentecost Sunday - the birthday of the church!
Praise God - we never closed!
So, we are re-opening? That is not how I would describe it. After all, we never fully closed. Rather, due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve changed what we do. Rather than having most of our activity in a building we have been a church without walls. We have been a scattered church rather than a gathered church, but we have still been church. Worship, fellowship, and discipleship have continued in whatever ways and with whatever means available, and our aim is to keep the best of what we’ve done during these last 12 months, whilst also seeking to build back better what we do in our building.
So, this is not so much a ‘re-opening’ of church but the beginning of the re-use of our building with the resumption of one of our meetings. And as the COVID situation improves across the country (and we give thanks to God for that) we look forward to a gradual resumption of other activities in due course.
So, let’s go forward with excitement and enthusiasm for all the LORD has in store for us.
Christ’s richest blessings to you, Mark