As you will know, lockdown restrictions have now been lifted for churches in Northern Ireland. This Sunday we will be returning to worship and much of what we were doing before in terms of precautions will still apply. To help you remember all that we are required to do, I have updated the guidance we produced back in August. There are some changes to it and it would be very helpful if you could read over it ahead of Sunday. You can access the updated guidance by clicking here.
The most significant change to the guidance comes in the section about the end of our service. In a recent email, PCI highlighted the importance of continuing to wear a face covering and ensuring two metre social distancing once we have left our buildings. If you are chatting in the car park it would be appreciated if you could keep your face covering on and try your best to keep to stay two metres apart. Schools have put similar precautions in place. If you do the school run you’ll know that you have to wear a face covering when you’re on school property. Churches are being encouraged to do something similar.
These guidelines go against what we normally do as a church family in terms of community and they go against our very nature as human beings. But by following them as best we can we’re caring for ourselves, caring for each other and also honouring the Lord. There have been no outbreaks so far in our buildings and we are keen to keep it that way. Let me thank you for your continued help in making our gatherings safe.
I’m looking forward to being back together in person this Sunday. Please continue to pray for our church family in these days.
Yours in Christ,