Glastry Church Council met this past week and, following feedback from yourselves in various ways, the Council has decided to set a provisional reopening date for the church building of the 30th August. A fairly significant number of people still seem to lack confidence in coming into a building for corporate worship, and we do not feel like there is any need to rush this.
While we wait we will be taking all the appropriate steps to prepare the buildings for reopening in keeping with government and MCI guidelines. It is important to note that when we do open the building for worship services, it will look and feel very different in some ways to what we are used to. Currently we are not allowed to do any congregational singing, we are being asked to still observe 2m social distancing, and there will be protocols to follow in terms of where we sit and how we enter and exit the building.
For those who still may feel uncomfortable about attending church on the 30th August, services on Zoom will still be continuing for a while after that date, and steps are also being taken to ensure that the Glastry services are live-streamed.
Further information will be sent out closer to the time. I want to stress that the reopening date isprovisional. We have good reason to believe that we will be able to open on that date, however, we will continue to review the situation. In the meantime we will continue to worship together and connect through online worship services and socially distanced garden visits.
If you have any questions, please don’t be afraid to contact me.