From Rev Veronica Batchelor, The Churches of St. Birinus, Morgans Vale & St. Mary’s, Redlynch
October 4th, 2020
We are gradually re-opening our church in line with Government and Church guidelines as all the relevant documentation is in place and it is safe to do so. Re-opening our churches for public worship is inevitably a time of mixed emotions – joy at being able to come together to worship in our church buildings but also anxiety about gathering together and perhaps uncertainty about what the future may be. It is, as I am sure you are aware, not simply a matter of unlocking the doors and saying ‘Come’.
For details of the next few weeks’ Sunday services in the three churches please see the Services page. Every Sunday an online version of the Sunday service will be available on YouTube and uploaded to the websites of both churches. You can view the latest one also on our Services page.
Meanwhile, St. Mary’s will continue to be open for private prayer on two mornings most weeks – on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am.
The care and safety of those visiting and those supervising is our prime concern and numbers visiting at any one time will be limited. Children and young people under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. These are just the first steps towards opening all our local churches and anyone is welcome to visit, however please do not come to church if you are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19.
Worship and prayer will continue at home and we will keep connected through the church Facebook page Together@10.
If you need to talk, have a specific prayer request, require pastoral care or have an enquiry with regards to funerals, weddings or baptisms then please contact me by telephone on 01725 513878 or by email email@example.com.
These have been unprecedented times for the Church of England as our church doors were closed but in the words of the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Recovery Group:
“Churches and cathedrals have risen to the recent challenges, finding new ways of meeting for worship, of serving our neighbours, and of reaching new people with the love of God. The challenge before us now is to take the next steps carefully and safely, without forgetting all that we’ve discovered about God and ourselves on the way.”
We are taking the next steps of a journey, so let us walk trusting his Spirit as he leads us to experience the new life of his church.
With love and prayers
Rev. Veronica Batchelor
Team Priest – Forest and Avon Team