I’m sure you’re aware of the new government guidelines that allow for churches to open for worship this weekend. We have received additional guidance from the diocese and have considered whether or not to hold services at St. Edward’s this Sunday. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, we have decided not to hold services this Sunday. We still need to do some more cleaning and put a plan in place to make sure the church is as safe as possible for when we return. We want to make the space as welcoming as possible and we realise that we’ll need a lot of volunteer help during the service to make sure everyone is safe.
The other reason we have decided to wait is because our new audio/video system is being installed this Monday-Tuesday so it seemed to make sense to wait till Sunday 12 June before we gather in the church for worship when we’ll be able to live stream the service. We realise that some who are still shielding will not be able to join us in the building and we want to make every effort to include them in the church community. We’ll pass on more details about opening for worship on Sunday 12 June, but in the meantime we’ll continue our worship via zoom and will send out the weekly email with the link and service sheet for this Sunday.
However, because the size of service tends to be much smaller than Sunday, we will be offering our BCP Eucharist at 10.30 on Friday 10 June. We will arrange the chairs in the Clare chapel appropriately and will distribute the Eucharist in one kind (bread only). Unfortunately we will not be able to have coffee afterwards until we get some clarification on whether this complies with the new guidelines. For those who cannot join, we will test our YouTube livestream from the church and will send more details next week.
Thank you for being so patient with us. We long to be together again but I think waiting one more week will help us all. If you have any questions or concerns, please do be in touch with me or Matthias.
With all blessings…