Our new guidelines last week meant that for the first time since the start of the pandemic we were able to share wine at communion (in individual cups, drawing on our Methodist and URC roots), and sing together in worship, albeit behind masks. These were significant and joyful steps. And also we were able to enjoy the technology we've all become used to, actively participating in the service through zoom as well as in person - a 'hybrid' service!
I promised to put together frequently asked questions about our Covid guidance this week - but there weren't any questions - a good indication, I trust, that we're all happy to progress as we're doing at the moment. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you do have any questions and concerns.
Here's a reminder about where we're at:
Our priority is to do our best to keep each other safe, whilst looking to enjoy worshipping God together as and when we can.
We recognise that for many of us, it's too soon to return to church in person, and that may remain so for months to come.
We're delighted to have opportunities to get together safely through café; for our children to be together, and to worship together through Zoom.
We envisage a slow return to the building (potentially over many months), everyone at their own pace, while continuing to make use of the mixed economy of online and inbuilding worship and fellowship, keeping safety a priority.
The rest of the newsletter can be found here: Newsletter 120821