I am happy to be able to tell you that, all things being equal, All Saints’ will be allowed to reopen for public worship on two Sundays per month from Sunday July 26th at 11.00.
We are very fortunate that Fr Alan Swanmore, who is a much-loved member of our worshipping community, and Fr Gregory Clifton-Smith, have each agreed to say mass for us once a month.
Alan will be presiding on fourth Sundays from July 26th, and Fr Gregory will preside on second Sundays, starting on August 9th.
At the moment, we will stick to a pattern of two celebrations per month on Sundays only, but it might be possible to introduce a weekday mass later in the year.
I am very grateful to Dennis, Brian and the team of volunteers who have done the risk-assessment, cleaned the church and helped get the signage in place to enable this to happen.
You will notice when you come to church again that things will be rather different than they were before; but we have to comply with all the safety measures in order that people can feel confident about coming back to church.
For example, hand sanitiser will be available for use at the church door and, in order to maintain social distancing, there will be notices indicating where to sit. Instructions will also given about how we will manage the reception of Holy Communion.
More detailed instructions will be given nearer the time, but I thought you would be pleased to know the progress we have been able to make to reopen before the end of the month – some churches won’t be reopening until September!
There may be people who will not feel ready to come back to church yet, especially those who have been, or still are shielding, so I will continue to put resources week by week on the website.
With my love and prayers,
The image is the “Parable of the Sower”, a stained glass window in Canterbury Cathedral and dates back to about 1180, Public Domain, http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54265