With the Government announcement that social gatherings will be restricted to six people as of Monday 14th September, I am pleased to say this doesn’t not apply to churches!
The Archbishop of Canterbury said that, “after contact with Government we hear that there is no change to guidance on places of worship. Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and serve”.
This is a great relief, especially as we start to move into the time of year when there are more special services. Here are some dates for your diary:
The first of the special services will be our Harvest Festival, which will be held on Sunday September 27th at 9.30 at St Alban’s and 11.00 at All Saints.’ Please bring harvest goods to church; and following the service the goods will be donated to the Ventnor Foodbank.
On Sunday November 1st at 11am there will be a joint celebration of All Saints’ Patronal Festival at which + John Hind will be presiding and preaching. Please note there will be no service at St Alban’s on that day.
Monday November 2nd is All Souls’ Day and +John Hind will be say mass at St Alban’s at 10.00, followed by refreshments. Please let me know the names of departed loved-ones whom you would like to have remembered at the altar.
Sunday November 8th is Remembrance Day. St Alban’s will have an Act of Remembrance incorporated into the 9.30 mass. At All Saints’ we will have an Act of Remembrance, gathering at 10.55 at the War Memorial, followed by Matins in church. We will be pleased to welcome members of the Parish Council and the Scouts but, in order to remain Covid compliant, we will need to continue to limit the number in church to 30.
I hope the changes to the number who are now allowed to gather won’t be cutting across too many social arrangements you might have had planned. It is so disappointing to have to cancel events which have been eagerly anticipated, but it is important to do all we can to keep everyone as safe as possible.
My love and prayers,
The image above is The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant by Claude Vignon, dated 1629 and is to be found in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours Creative Commons CC0 License