Tomorrow is a big day for St Andrew’s, for the doors will be opened to worshippers at 9.30 am, for a 10.00 am service led by Tim Xenophontos-Hellen, a Reader in the congregation who has been heavily involved in the joint online worship which has taken place weekly during much of the lockdown.
Of course things will be different: like other churches it has been necessary to introduce a booking system for seats, and you might not be allocated the seat that you are accustomed to sitting in.
But my hope is this: that there is a sense of joy and gratitude to be back worshipping God in community. Indeed that is also my prayer.
The same goes for Meadowside St Paul’s, where I will lead worship on the first Sunday of opening on 11th October: this service will take place in the main hall, beginning at 11.15 am.
On the 18th it is hoped that services will be held in both churches, at 10.00 am (St Andrew’s) and 11.15 am (Meadowside St Paul’s); I will be leading worship, giving Tim a well earned Sunday of rest.
Each of the first two services will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube as soon after the service as possible, meaning that those in the sanctuary and those at home will be able to follow the same pattern of worship.
(framed picture in a church on the Isle of Arran)