Our eyes are catching the first glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel as we enter the Easter season. We rejoice together at the announcement that church buildings will be opened for Sunday worship once again. With the reopening coinciding with Easter Sunday we have twice the reason to rejoice in the goodness of our God who has watched over us, kept us and guided us throughout the past year.
I’m writing to encourage you to come and join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This is the most joyful Sunday in which we gather in a year. We are reminded of the great hope that we have in Jesus. Death is not the end. The grave has been conquered. Our King lives forevermore. Let us take Easter Sunday as the beginning of getting back into the habit of meeting together once again. Online worship has been a real comfort throughout the lockdowns but is no substitute for the real thing when we can gather together and affirm our faith and encourage one another.
Restrictions will remain in place inside the church building when we gather together. It is important that we continue to adhere to the restrictions in accordance with guidance from the government and PCI. You will still be required to book your place for each Sunday service by contacting email@example.com Upon arrival, we must remember to wear our masks when entering/exiting the building as well as throughout the service of worship. Hand gel santisers have been made available at the entrance to the church building to ensure that we can maintain a safe environment in which to worship.
Whilst these restrictions remain, it does mean that our numbers will be limited when we gather. Since we will not all be together in the same place for some time, Kirk Session have decided that our policy of refraining from Communion during this pandemic will continue. This is motivated by our great sorrow and lament that the people of God have been scattered. We believe that it would be wrong to have communion when the whole body of Trinity is not able to meet. Until the day that the restrictions are lifted we will continue to fast knowing that when we break the fast, the joy will be unspeakable.
In addition, we intend (DV) to have an online service on Good Friday and we would encourage everyone to join us for this- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to the service or check out our social media for more details.
We are grateful to our God for this grace of being able to come together once again but we continue to pray and long for the day when we can be in each other’s presence and worship without restriction.
“He is not here, for he has risen.”