The Reunion Begins
We love to be reunited with those we love and have been apart from, which is what makes family usually such special occasions. I hope the coming months will feel the same for us as a church family.
Whilst we’ve been able to continue meeting each Sunday, for the last few months it’s been in three self contained groups: our in-person main service, our family track, and online. Praise God we’ve been able to stay in touch over this time. I’m particularly thankful to Peter Greenman for running an excelly family track, and to David and Peta Duncan for hosting the online gathering each week.
On Sunday 28th March, we will take the first steps towards being properly reunited. We’ll be back at Christ Church for three all-together services before our children's groups resume on Sunday 18th April. These services will be short and simple and pitched for all ages. We will continue to stream these services live, through zoom, so you will still be able to join us from home if you would prefer.
For those of us who haven’t been to church in-person for some time, working out when to come back again may feel like a hard decision. Please don’t feel any pressure, and please be in touch with me if you want to talk this through. I hope these reassurances will help:
Our services continue to be run following all the government guidelines about safe meetings. We have been meeting every week in-person since December, and thus far there has been no evidence of any transmission taking place through our church services, even when local rates were much higher than they are now.
We love and value our whole church family, and completely respect those who have needed, and perhaps will continue to need, to meet with us online.
We’ve got some way to go before church will feel ‘normal’, but from Sunday 28th March, I hope it will feel like our gradual reunion is beginning! Let’s be praying for each other: another time of change, as exciting as it may be, will inevitably be unsettling to some extent for all of us.