Welcome back to church everyone, hopefully you all remembered to put
your clocks forward an hour as we enter British Summer Time. As I write this, it is the anniversary of when we first went
into ‘lockdown’ last year. What a year that has been, hopefully now with the vaccinations progressing and people
continuing to be mindful by wearing masks in enclosed spaces and keeping their distance, we will soon see an end in sight.
We as a church had been advised both by the government and more importantly by our local council to remain closed
until now. This has decreased the rate of infection locally that we can now open and worship together. This is especially
important at this special and important time of year as we remember and give thanks for Jesus and what his death and resurrection
mean to us as Christians.
During the lockdown we continued to have services via Zoom each Sunday morning, and weekly
Bible study on Wednesdays at 6.30pm. During Holy Week, we are planning to meet via Zoom on Monday to Wednesday to read the
story of Easter from the Gospels at 7pm each evening. On Maundy Thursday we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper
and on Friday we will be reflecting on the crucifixion; times for these are in this Newsletter.
services are also in the Newsletter, unfortunately this year we will not be able to meet for coffee and Hot Cross buns, between
the services; but plans are in hand so no one misses out.
Schools returned successfully and are looking forward
to the Easter break and a full term in school to follow. Many of us are looking forward to the hairdressers opening after
Easter, so we can lose our ‘lockdown hair styles’!
We welcome the return to church and worshiping together.
Please remember to continue to follow the regulations regarding signing in, hand sanitising and keeping a social distance
while in church. This also includes the one way system in church and no congregating outside the building following the service,
if we continue to be mindful of each other the sooner, God willing, we can meet together socially in the hall again.
We wish you all a Blessed Easter
Elsewhere in this Newsletter: