In the light of the recent new COVID lockdown, the PCC has decided to pause Sunday morning services in Church with effect from 10th January 2021 until further notice. As you are no doubt well aware, infection rates in Halton are amongst the highest in the Liverpool City Region and in the country at large.
We are very aware that the current legislation/advice/guidance from the Government and NHS is that we should all remain at home except for very specific reasons. Whilst Church services can continue under present arrangements, it was felt that we should not put you under any pressure to attend. We were also concerned about putting undue pressure on those who lead and help make the services happen.
We shall continue with our Sunday Morning 10.30am service on Facebook as usual, as well as Prayer Book Evensong at 4.00pm, also on Sunday. Our weekday services of Morning Prayer also continue at 10.00am on Facebook. Never has our public worship been more public!
As we have said before, you do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the services. You can access them by going to https://www.facebook.com/daresburychurch. You may get various messages encouraging you to open an account, but you don’t need to unless you want to. You have to be persistent! We know that people are watching the live services this way without any problems, including my wife who has allowed me to say to you that if she can, then any one can!
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I hope you and your family are all well.
Thanks to everyone who supported last week’s streamed Easter Day service from the Car Park. There were over 60 people who joined us, both children and adults. Facebook reports that we reached over 222 people through the app. We’ve had some very supportive feedback both from those who were there and those watching through Facebook.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who made it all happen. It takes a great deal of organising and effort both before and afterwards. We have proved that outdoor services have a place in our Church life. A number of people who were walking past were both intrigued and complementary.
It’s has been very interesting to see the number of people – adults and children -looking at the empty tomb and the Stations of the Cross in the Churchyard over the last 2 weeks. They have been shown to be very important tools for mission and education, as was the stable at Christmas. They promote the Christian story and life in a different way. We shall be reflecting upon our experiences and what we have learnt so as to take things forward into the future.
As you can imagine, the death of Prince Philip yesterday has meant a number of changes of plans. As I said in my email yesterday, we were able to respond within 30mins of the news with having the passing bell tolled and the flag lowered to half-mast. Later we put the candle stand in the porch where it will remain until Sunday morning.
There are also display posters with details of how to light at virtual candle and write in an online book of condolence. Church and Government advice changed during yesterday from what had been issued to the clergy just over a year ago so unfortunately, we won’t be able to put out an actual book to sign.
Here are the link to the websites:-
Virtual Candle - www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle
Book of Condolence - www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip.
Tomorrow’s service will follow the national service produced by the Church of England for use during times of national mourning and drawing upon the Church’s advice. The service can be found here - media.acny.uk/media/news/post/2021/04/Easter_2.pdf. I shall be celebrating and preaching with Gill assisting.
Finally, there are some very significant changes taking place from 4th May regarding banns and marriage registration. I shall be writing about them next week.
With God’s blessing,
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