Thought For The Week 3rd May 2020
Today I had a moment of excitement. The Courier community newspaper had arrived. I’m not an avid newspaper reader by I am in the habit of flicking through the Courier and I guess I have missed this over the past month or so. Having the Courier back seems like a step towards a return to normal life. For many of us the first week in Level 3 hasn’t been much different to Level 4 but things seem a little lighter as the restrictions are slowly eased. Catherine and I are really looking forward to taking our dog Murphy down to the Patiti Point walkway (her favourite place). It’s the little things isn’t it we have come to appreciate most.
Alert level 3 will be in place for 2 weeks and then reviewed to see if it is safe to go to level 2 (around the 11th May). In the meantime, not much changes for us as a church in how we operate except Rose and Carol are able to return to the office to work (please note though the office remains closed to the public) and we are able to provide printed service materials to those not on email.
There is an expectation that we will move to level 2 and be able to resume face to face worship services. At this level gatherings of over 100 were banned so across our 2 services we would fall below that number. We need to be careful not to get ahead of ourselves- we don’t yet know what the rules will be for certain and there is talk of insisting over 70’s remain sheltered in place. The parish council will be considering options under the government and national church guidelines which have the health and safety of the community as paramount.
We will keep you informed of the changes through this website and our weekly email. In the meantime I hope you are enjoying our Worship@Home services and are staying in fellowship with others.