As you know, over the past three months we have all been in ‘lockdown’ because of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus. Along with many other sectors of society, the churches had to close down, and only recently have been given permission to re-open. Whilst we have been able to continue to meet virtually through the internet and to follow church services on the telephone, we have missed the warmth of our gathering together in our church buildings and are glad that we are now allowed to return.
However, this return is under strict conditions, which are mandatory before any church can meet. As the health and safety of our parishioners is paramount, the Select Vestry has started to formulate a safe way back to church and this will take time. It will be August before the committee appointed to this task reports back to the vestry to give clear direction on how we can fulfil government and church requirements.
Many churches are doing exactly as we are doing and though some may open in July or August, the majority are planning for a September return. As far as Lambeg parish is concerned, the Vestry is in complete agreement that until everything is fully risk-assessed and we have the volunteers in place, we will not be rushing into re-opening. We are very much mindful of the age profile of our congregation and that many have been ‘shielding’ at this time: we in no way want to put them at risk when we return to church. We will only be opening when we feel it is safe to do so.
If you would like to be a volunteer to help in this re-opening process (volunteers must be under 70 with no underlying health issues), please send your name and contact details to our parish secretary or to the Rector, and if you have any queries, do feel free to give us your feedback. We will of course be keeping you fully informed of our back-to-church timetable as soon as we possibly can. Until then, continue to listen in to our Facebook service and if going on holiday, have a safe summer break.