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St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

COVID-19 - UPDATE ON SERVICES AND EPIPHANY WORSHIP

An update from Revd Paul Roberts:

Well, here we are again! Another lockdown, but in knowing a little more of what to expect and with the vaccine in sight, I hope the prospect of the forthcoming weeks does not feel quite as uncertain as last March.

Under this lockdown church worship has not been prohibited; worship can continue subject to a new risk assessment. I have been in discussion with our churchwardens as to what worship provision would be safe and appropriate. Together, we have concluded that, owing to the size and layout of our smaller churches, it would be safer to limit worship to St Michael’s Bodenham and St Mary’s Marden for the remainder of this month where the risk posed by the more transmissible new strain of the virus can be better managed.

No public worship will take place during January at St Michael’s, Felton; Holy Trinity, Preston Wynne; the Amberley Chapel; or the two Sutton Churches, St Nicholas and St Michael.

Our remaining services will be short, said communion services at 9.30am (Bodenham) and 11.15 (Marden) each Sunday in January. Please continue to book in with Jess Tidball for worship at Marden; we will monitor the situation at Bodenham to see if booking in will be required.

These services are open to anyone from the benefice; please remember to observe social distancing, follow marked one-way routes and refrain from mingling with those from outside your household before and after worship. Please think carefully about your health and well-being when considering attending gathered worship.

The Churchwardens and I will continue to monitor weekly how the R rate changes coupled with the number of people who have received their first vaccine this month. From this and any other relevant data we will then decide what we will do in February and beyond.

Online services will continue to be offered in the meantime. And I very much look forward to the time, in the not too distant future when we can pass in the aisles and mingle to our hearts content! And as the Bishop of London recently wrote:

“There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians, we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.”

Our Epiphany Service will be available from 5.30pm this evening by following this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20_-98QVhGE&feature=youtu.be

A more detailed update will be sent on Saturday, but in the meantime, the Bishop’s New Year Message can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-UPINgGjl0


Every blessing

Paul


Date: 06/01/2021

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