In Holy Week, we will experiment with holding five forty-five minute services.
These will only be for those who feel safe attending and who are willing to abide by careful Covid-safe precautions: wearing masks unless exempt; hand sanitising on entry; sitting well apart as an individual, household or bubble; not socialising on leaving).
It is legal for public worship to take place – but we (and many other churches) have been wary of how practical or responsible this would be, and we had been given the Bishop’s permission not to do so. The Standing Committees of our two Parochial Church Councils has now unanimously agreed this cautious reopening plan.
Palm Sunday (Sunday 28 March)
10.15 a.m. – Palm Sunday reflections at St Michael’s, Haworth
Good Friday (Friday 2 April)
2.15 p.m. – Good Friday devotions at St James’, Cross Roads
Easter Day (Sunday 4 April)
9.30 a.m. – Easter Communion at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury
9.30 a.m. – Easter Communion at St James’, Cross Roads
11.00 a.m. – Easter Communion at St Michael’s, Haworth.
We will then reflect further. How have these services gone? What is the local Covid rate? Does the Government timetable still anticipate things like non-essential retail and gyms opening from 12 April? We might then plan to continue to hold our usual pattern of Sunday worship (at all three churches) from 11 April and then our usual mid-week worship (at St James’, Cross Roads) from 14 April.