January Worship

Please find below a letter from Rev. Cathy Gale, that was sent out to Churches regarding Worship in person during January 2021.

December 16th, 2020
Dear All,
I hope this letter finds you well and anticipating our celebration of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Two thousand years ago he came quietly and without fanfare and this year we are forced to strip back our celebrations due to covid restrictions.  I can’t help wondering if there may be something positive to found in that stripping back – might we meet the Christ-child anew when we have less to distract us?
I write to let you know that the Circuit Staff, with the support of the Circuit Stewards, have taken a decision to close all our churches for public worship during the month of January.
As I write, the First Minister has just announced that from December 28th Wales will enter Level 4 restrictions, which is the equivalent of a Lockdown.  This Level does allow places of worship to remain open but given all we have heard recently about the levels of virus in our communities, the critical strain on the NHS and Welsh Ambulance Service and the anticipated spike to follow the increased household mixing over Christmas we feel that closing is the right thing to do.
The plan is to reassess the situation towards the end of January and then make a decision for February and beyond.  While churches are closed there will be alternative worship opportunities made available online and through other media.  Please contact your minister for information.
We appreciate all the work done by churches which have reopened to make their premises covid-safe and this has been acknowledged by the Welsh Government.
As things stand currently there are no plans to stop services already set for December 20th and Christmas Day but, given the very real concerns about virus transmission at the moment, I ask each church to look again at its risk assessment and ensure any additional safety measures necessary.
Let us hold one another in prayer as we continue to reflect on God coming into our broken world to show the extent of his love for us all.

Posted by Lisa Medina