Re-opening the Abbey is proving
to be more challenging than
closing it back in March 2020
It’s a long time since I wrote for the Parish Magazine – but then it’s been a long time since the last Magazine was published.
Re-opening the Church is proving to be more challenging than closing it back in March 2020. Those first few weeks of the first lockdown were difficult for us all.
So, I thought it might be a good idea to record for posterity ‘what’ happened, ‘when’ it happened – and what we did about it. I did this by making several entries in the church’s Services Register, which may be of interest for people to read in years to come.
There is a great deal of work to be done before we can say that we are back to normal. Although when I say 'normal,' I suspect that there may be different views of that because the pandemic has affectyed all of us in different ways.
Below is a list of Services at the Abbey for October. The month will kick off with our Harvest Service on 3rd October at 10.00am. This is the first time that we will enjoy congregational singing for a year and a half, and it will be wonderful to sing praises to the Lord once again!
Unfortunately, we still need to wear masks and socially distance in church, so that we can retain people’s confidence about feeling safe when they come in church. I suspect that many of us still feel a bit anxious about the future, and at the same time restless over not returning to ‘normal’ more quickly. But, as the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry – so we’ll try to make haste slowly!
Your Friend and Parish Priest
Worship at the Abbey in October
3rd October 10am Said Eucharist with hymns
10th October 10am Sung Eucharist
17th October 10am Sung Eucharist
6.30pm Choral Evensong
24th October 10am Sung Eucharist
31st October 10am Sung Eucharist