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Notices: Our Churches in the National Lockdown

Date Added: 06/01/2021 @ 11:16am

As we enter another lockdown, I know many of you will have mixed emotions about this. We want to keep one another safe but these many months of restrictions weigh heavily on us. Therefore, at this time, let us be particularly conscious of how we can support and encourage one another, whether by a phone call, letter, email, or some other allowed method.

I'm sure many of you will also be wondering what is happening about church. I'm delighted to say that our churches are allowed to continueto open for services  (known as communal worship in the government's language). There has been some reporting that suggested that churches would only be able to open for private prayer but this is not true.

Therefore, the wardens, the ministry team and myself have agreed that we will continue to offer our normal services across our 3 churches, both on Sundays and in the week too (starting with Holy Communion in St Peter's Fremington this Thursday at 10am). I know that some of you may
not wish to return to church at this present time and I want to say that we completely understand this decision. We will continue to offer our services online as well as our online Bible studies, as we have been doing. For those of you who do wish to return, we will continue to take all appropriate steps to keep us all safe. We are still awaiting final guidance on whether there will be any changes to our services or not. At this stage, the only change is that we are not allowed to interact socially either in church or on the way to or from our churches. However, there has been no indication that any other restrictions will be introduced at this stage.

I'm sure many of you are wondering what God is doing in the midst of all this but I'm reminded of how God describes himself in the book ofExodus. He calls himself: "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." (Exodus 34:6) We may not understand what God is doing or why He is doing it this way, but God is gracious and compassionate. He overflows withlove and faithfulness. So let us not lose heart but continue to trust in God's goodness.

In Christ,

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