Report received 9th July 2020
It was certainly a joyful day when the government announced in the middle of June that churches buildings could be opened once more for private prayer. It was a similarly joyful day when it was announced that from early July churches would be allowed to offer small scale Communion services.
Our clergy team have thought very carefully about this and our churches are now open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. You are most welcome to visit but please read and observe the notices about the safety measures that are in place. The Team has also decided that they will offer several small communion services during the week, in line with government guidance. Because of social distancing requirements the numbers of people will be restricted and a booking system will be used. The first of these services will take place on Monday13th July but a regular timetable has not been fixed, venues and timings will change and more services will be added if required. The details of all these services will be available each week on the parish Website.
During lockdown our main Sunday morning service has been live streamed with an opportunity to meet on zoom for coffee afterwards. We realise that this has brought together people from the different churches and has also enabled those who are not able to physically come to the church building to join in our main Sunday Service. Consequently for the time being our main parish act of worship will continue to be the online 10am service on Sunday mornings.
Many people have also appreciated the daily 10am Pause for Prayer and these will continue every Monday to Friday. Each day one of the team has offered a “thought for the day” followed by prayer for the many people who are suffering at this time and for all the many Key workers across our nation.
Many have also appreciated the You Tube offering of a daily hymn sung by David Hewett and a daily piece of Keyboard Music played by Mike Bardsley. After one hundred days of recordings David and Mike have decided that the time has come for a rest and that this will be a way for us all to begin to move forwards. Our grateful thanks to David and Mike for their hard work providing a wide variety of music which brought daily pleasure to many.
It is good to be able to finish this report with a happy piece of good news. On July 5th we were delighted to welcome Susy Brouard into our parish. Susy is our “soon to be ordained” new Curate. Her ordination had to be postponed from July 5th but will now take place in September. In the intervening weeks she will be able to serve as a Licensed Lay Minister, helping in so many ways and hopefully she will be able to get to know us even if it has to be via Zoom. Our very best wishes to Susy and her family, Libby, Raffy and Annie as they settle into their new surroundings. We hope that they will soon feel at home amongst us all in Kidlington.