Communal worship paused

January 5th 2021

Dear Friends

As we enter this third national lockdown, at such a critical stage of the pandemic, we have taken the decision to pause communal worship at Holy Trinity. We arrived at this decision after much prayer and in consultation with the PCC planning group, and I write this with a heavy heart because it is not a decision I take lightly.

Since July, we have worked extremely hard to make communal worship safe, and I am so thankful to everyone who has enabled this to happen. But the trajectory of the pandemic, the current pressures on the NHS, and the uncertainty around this new strain of the virus all point to the need for caution and for time to pause and assess the situation. We will also have contractors in the building over the coming weeks, which adds a further level of complexity. Our current plan is for the building to remain open for private prayer for all of this week, and then at weekends only after the lighting work begins on Monday 11th January. The PCC is meeting on January 27th, and will assess the situation further.

I am pleased that the government has recognised the integral role that places of worship play in shaping our common life and sustaining us in times of difficulty. It is my sincere hope that we will resume services again in time for Lent and Easter, by which time many in our church community will have received the vaccine, and the electrical work will be nearing its completion. In the meantime, we will continue to broadcast online services, as we have done throughout this time, and our system of parish care groups is now in place to help us keep connected as a church family. We would love to strengthen our online communication further, and we would welcome ideas about how we might go about this. Most importantly, thanks to the miraculous development of vaccines in record time, we are in a very different situation from before. In the words of Julian of Norwich: ‘All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself and the churchwardens if you have any questions or concerns. May God bless us in these dark weeks ahead, as we move towards the light and hope of Easter.

Yours in Christ