It is heartening news that the Church has been given the go ahead to open for private individual prayer and we are working towatds opening St Nicholas Church in the very near future. At the moment we have a date of Saturday 4th July in mind to open for private individual prayer, though we can only do that if we can satisfy recent Government and Church of England advice. We are working to do that and will update our information as and when we can.
The term 'individual prayer' is somewhat misleading. The Government and Church of England interpret 'individual prayer' as being anything from a single person to members of a household, though the term household may now have been replaced with the term 'bubble'. The landscpe changes so quickly that it is hard to pin down what we are being advised is the correct way to implement the advice we are being given.
Our understanding of 'individual prayer' is to allow a person or persons access to a sacred space (in our case St Nicholas Church) for a time of personal prayer which is not led by a minister or lay member of the church, and does not include a set liturgy or the singing of hymns. This is the understandning we will adopt when we open.
As soon as detailed information is available I will make it public as soon as I can.
For information on the Church of England advice on opening for individual prayer please click on this link https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-g...
For the Governement advice on the use of places of worship during the pandemic please click on this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-saf...
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