Rev. Richard Atkinson: June 2020
I was talking to Helen Cameron (the Chair of our District) about the government's suggestion of churches opening on June 15th for private prayer
Her advice at the moment is that we should remain closed until such time as the Connexion tells us that we can open. This is because they closed us down. This does not mean we will not be able to open next week but is, I suppose, a reflection of the need to wait for advice from HMG and the Connexion before taking steps.
There is no advice from government yet and if places of worship are similar to what has happened with schools the advice may come late in the day. Helen is aware of high level church-government conversations going on and hopes something might emerge soon and this would be the right time to react.
And to repeat just because we are allowed to open does not mean that we have to, so each church when the time comes, and when we are allowed to recommence public worship, will need to make its own decision.
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