Lockdown 2 and Your Church

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It is important that we respect the language and tone associated with posts about lockdown2- what is permissible and what isn’t. 

Church services have not been banned - to reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues, including churches and other places of worship, to close or restrict how they provide “goods and services”.  

Despite a thorough Covid risk assessment, investment in PPE and adherence to Test & Trace, the four churches I look after in Powick, Callow End, Guarlford and Madresfield will not be open for Sunday worship during the lockdown. We will worship via Zoom instead (DM me for access links if you are interested). 

That includes Remembrance Sunday.  Wreaths will be placed at our community war memorials in conjunction with the local British Legion branch but without a parade or related church service. Remembrance this year should be from your home wherever possible: get a poppy, wear it with pride, engage with the 2mins Silence.  Pray for the fallen and those still suffering the after-effects of war. 

A wreath will be laid on Armistice Day too at Guarlford this year. 

I am pleased to advise that Callow End Church will be open for private prayer each Sunday during lockdown2 between 12noon-1pm. Just turn up.  

Your churches will also support you within funeral services if you ask for our help. Remember, as a parishioner you have entitlement to help from your church at the Crematorium or Churchyard regardless if you are a churchgoer or not.  

All weddings are effectively postponed indefinitely unless someone in the party is seriously ill.  That said, think about the only wedding I still have on my books this year - a lovely couple that really want to wed this year at Christmas and have attended to all the Gov requirements but still do not know if it can proceed. 

I look forward to supporting our District councillors and parish councils as they reach out to help anyone in need. You must not be lonely during lockdown. Please ask for assistance. 

I am afraid that Christmas services in your churches already are looking like to be reduced in number and capacity - under the circumstances.  

The archbishops have designated this lockdown2 that started today as a month of prayer. Be assured of my prayers for all parishioners across the villages your churches minister to at this challenging time.  

Rev Gary