As I write, tomorrow will be the final Sunday zoom service. From the 2nd August, we approach cautiously back into our churches, seeking to support and look after one another. Risk assessments have been completed, PPE ordered, essential cleaning undertaken, in readiness for the ‘new normal’.
Part of me will miss the relationships and camaraderie which has evolved during our online Sunday worship. It will be strange to begin a service without checking first if there is anyone in the waiting room and that everyone is ‘unmuted’. My technophobe tendencies have been put to the test, but I think we have all learnt something.
Throughout these uncertain times, kindness and love have come to the fore. Paul Chubb, our Licensed Lay Minister has tirelessly sent out copies of services and hosted the online worship – over 70 people have been included in some form every week. The church wardens have looked after our empty buildings and attempted to decipher the latest news from both the Government and the Church of England. Our administrative assistant has spent hours pulling together the legal stuff, our website and magazine editors have published and communicated information. Teams of dedicated gardeners have kept our grounds beautiful. Many, many people, more than I can list here, have quietly supported, ensured and loved their neighbours.
So, this is me, saying thank you to you all.
We journey on in faith, hope and, most importantly, love.
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