Welcome to June, we hope that the weather improves and June is more like
summer ought to be, the predictions for May were wrong. It’s been the wettest apparently since 1986. The one compensation
for it, it has prevented too much socialising in open spaces. Sadly, Hounslow area is one of the mentioned ‘hot spots’
for the new Indian variant of Covid. So we must continue to be vigilant and remember to take precautions when out and about,
as we look forward to the lifting of further restrictions.
It has been really wonderful to have you back in church,
even to the point of one Sunday every pew that is available had someone in it. In case we do get more people, which would
be great, if possible if you socialise outside of church; and there is a shortage of space, please sit together in one pew,
so newcomers can join in.
We look forward to the return of Hosanna Congregation; they are looking into the feasibility
of restarting in the near future, no date so far. They have to wait to get guidance from the head of their church before they
can make firm decisions.
On the 23rd May following the service we had a brief church meeting mainly to discuss
one item and possibly agree another. The ramp to the side of the church was agreed and hopefully this will be dealt with very
shortly. The other requires some thought and prayer; it is about charging fees for weddings and funerals. We were given some
figures of charges recommended by the Congregational Federation, but apparently some churches charge more. It has been our
policy not to charge fees to church members; we have recently been approached regarding weddings which has brought this to
the fore. If we wish to encourage the use of our church, we need to be realistic about the cost and the time this takes, especially
for those who undertake the interviewing and planning for such an occasion. We ask that this is given deep thought and prayer,
so we can do what is right and welcome all into our church community.
As the Lockdown restrictions are lifted we
will be doing further risk assessments so we can plan for the full use of the church and hall and morning coffee to return.
Keep safe, God Bless
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