I big thank you to all those who came yesterday, and attended our first service in well over a year! I think I counted about 40 people in total, so a nice number to start back with, whilst also not so many that we couldn't still "socially distance" to some extent. I know we said the the service would be recorded and put on YouTube...and our brand new "production team" are working on this and the video will be online soon. Keep your eye on our YouTube page or, better still, subscribe to the page so you get notified automatically when it is uploaded. In time we will get better at this, and the video will hopefully be uploaded on Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday was a great beginning as we started back meeting in-person - with some things being very familiar but many things quite different. As you know, lots of groups are juggling this same dynamic at the moment, whether that's businesses, community groups, schools, sports facilities, cafes etc...I don't believe that we are wrong to follow similar health precautions as a church family when we meet together (even though they are very restrictive of the way that we can interact)...indeed, I think the church should be exemplary in our ongoing commitment to protect ourselves and (more importantly), one another, whenever we meet together in a large group - especially in those contexts where it's likely that we'll welcome visitors joining us for the first time (as happened yesterday). I fear that churches services could so easily become "super-spreader" events and, beyond just protecting one-another, we also have a responsibility to guard and protect our local community and our family networks as well. So thank you for complying with our request yesterday that we sanitise hands at the door, wear face-masks unless seated, offer only "elbow-bumps" to others, and spread out in the church as much as possible.
It will take time for all of us to get used to meeting again in-person. I, for one, felt like I had forgotten how to preach!! My thoughts were very jumbled yesterday so if I made no sense at all then I'm very sorry...and if you were in any way encouraged through our Bible reflection yesterday then I'll take that as proof of God's grace and favour! I also completely forgot to bring the "Thanyou Book" for Peter into the hall afterward...so I'll give it another go next week!!