The end to restrictions that we had all hoped for from Monday 21st looks to now be hanging in the balance as MP’s vote to extend the ending of Covid restrictions for a further four weeks until Monday 19th July and according to the media, it looks like politicians will vote in favour of this action. The biggest impact this will have on Churches is that our public, in person worship will continue to look the same as at present, I have enjoyed the couple of open-air services we have had at Bramford Road when we have been able to sing, but we will have to be patient a little longer when it comes to singing inside the building. I look at the government statistics daily and whilst we have recorded 96950 new cases in the first two weeks of June, compared with 69814 new case in the whole of May, I don’t see this as a huge threat because there hasn’t been an equivalent spike in either deaths or hospitalizations. Scientists continue to warn that Coronaviruses will continue to dominate our lives for years to come and we will need to learn to live with them, so the time has not yet come to throw our face masks away.
I feel that I must say how impressed I have been with all the Churches, who have responded to the challenges we have faced over the last fifteen months, we have talked for years in Churches about doing things differently, whether the term has been “Mission Britain” “Venture FX” “Fresh Expressions” “pioneer ministry” or whatever else you can think of. The truth is, that since the middle of March last year, we have been forced to re-think the way we have been doing Church, the old ways of doing things simply haven’t worked any more and we have had to be creative and I applaud all of you, who have managed to hold the Church together during this time. I have always been a firm believer of Mr Wesley’s principle of “The Priesthood of all believers” as ordained clergy, people like me have a role to play, but we are only successful as a Church community when we work together, and I have witnessed that time and time again during this pandemic experience.
Thank you for all your support, love, care, creativity, and commitment during this challenging time.
With love and best wishes