The Prime Minister announced the return to public worship services from 4th ;July 2020. Well, sort of...
The guidance makes it is clear that this return to public worship is not a return to public worship as we would have known it prior to March 2020.
The guidance limits numbers, prohibits singing (classified as a risky activity), hugging, handshaking, raised voices. But we are free to join together (safely) and worship.
From Septeber 6th 2020 we will return to limited Sunday Serices while maintaining access to the service online.
For those wishing to attend on a Sunday we will email details each week to allow you to book attendance at the service. If you do not recieve an email from us currently we would encourage you to join our email list.
Face coverings will have to be worn at all times and we will have reduced capcity.
All other activities will remain suspended or will only operate online.
We will keep watching the guidance, both the high-level announcements and the detail that follows, that is often not quite the same. As things change we will, consider and react appropriately.
This is a time to be both bold in our faith and actions and responsible.
We never closed
While it is easy to look forward to meeting together and I look forward to this as much as anyone, it is important to remember we never closed. While the building was not available to us:
We worshipped online with our services on Youtube and Facebook. I know may of you have and many more people that would not already have attended a physical church have engaged with the online services.
We have met together on Zoom for Sunday night prayer, being joined by other Christians from the area.
We have met together on Zoom for our mid-week groups, continuing our exploration of discipleship.
We have engaged with local, regional and national events online both receiving great input and publishing video content for Lincoln City Churches group, Hope Together, Groundlevel and others as well as taking part in live meetings with a range of groups.
Our social outreach Assist has continued to provide support for the most vulnerable in the area, increasing its provision through partnership with others during this time. We do not see this need abating any time soon.
We have engaged with the children of the village through TST Online and the Video content 'Freya Speaks'
We have kept in touch with each other as best we can.
We have not closed, we have adapted and God has provided great opportunities to work with others and to reach people who would not consider stepping inside 'the church'.