New Wine – United Breaks Out

Normally some of us would be off to the New Wine United Conference at about this time of year. Sadly this year both national gatherings have been cancelled. Instead, the conference is going online under the heading of United Breaks Out. Watch the video to find out a bit more about how we are getting involved here in Mountsorrel:

United Breaks Out will run from the evening of Thursday 30th July through to Midday on Monday 3rd August. A full programme of events can be found here

If you want to know more, please head to the New Wine website: www.new-wine.org/breaksout

Christ Church & St Peter’s Church to remain closed

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Christ Church and the PCC of St Peter’s Church both met this week on Friday 3rd July 2020 to consider the feasability of re-opening for public worship under the government’s guidlines which come into force on 4th July. After careful consideration, it was the view of both PCCs that, for the time being, we would not be able to open for public worship in a way that can safely accommodate all those who would like to attend. Therefore, both Church buildings will be remaining closed for both public worship and private prayer throughout the whole of July and August. The PCCs will be meeting again in August to give further consideration to the matter with a view to re-opening in September.

During the continued closure we will, of course, be continuing with our daily online services of Sunday Worship and Morning Prayer. Information on accessing these services can be found on the events & services page of our website. https://mountsorrelchurch.org/events/

We would like to thank the congregation and the community for their continue support of the church in these difficult and unprecedented times. As you can imagine, this has had an impact on our financial situation too and we would like to thank all those who have been able to contribute to the ongoing mission and ministry of the Church during the Covid pandemic. Further donations can be made by visiting our donation page. https://mountsorrelchurch.org/donate/

Are Churches really opening for Prayer?

It was announced (without prior warning) in the late night news on Saturday 6th June, that Churches would be allowed to open for Private Prayer from Monday 15th June. and further guidance from the government will follow during the week. At the moment, our Churches remain closed under instructions given by the government, the Church of England and the Diocese of Leicester.

Assuming that the govermnent guidance is received by Wednesday/Thursday, the bishops will then need to issue Church and Diocesan guidance for local clergy and churchwardens to act upon. This will no doubt include risk assessments and appropriate measures for cleaning the Churches and supervision of visitors.

Many of our regular congregation, because they’re good at living, fall into the more elderly category and several have underlying health conditions which require them to continue shielding for the time being. We are going to be short of the necessary volunteers required. It is worth bearing in mind that our Churches are not normally open for private prayer during the week anyway. Why would we do so now, when the risk of covid19 still remains? Far better to find a quiet space in your own home or garden and establish a place for private prayer there than risk entering our Church buildings where there is the possiblity of cross contamination.

We are certainly looking forward to the time when the Church can be open for public worship, for weddings and funerals, but that time is not yet. Until that time, we will continue to meet together virtually and individually for prayer and worship. We will continue to pray for our communities in which we live and work. We will continue to read and study scripture together and alone. We will continue to be the people of God loving and serving our neighbour. We will continue to be Church.

For the time being our buildings may remain closed, but the Church is still at work. God bless.

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