27 July, Going viral XLII: opening doors.

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The almshouses are in the city centre parish and have their own chapel.

Rev Jo is back from her short break and she and her church wardens have their hands full preparing to open their churches.

We had a lovely time away in the beautiful Lake District. The scenery was absolutely stunning, and we managed three lovely walks, along with reading, and playing more board games. 
The government and CofE have issued further guidelines about wearing facemasks in places of worship: “We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.” 
As we prepare to open St Dunstan’s for Sunday worship on Sunday 2nd August for both an 8.00 and 10.00 Eucharist, just to give us some idea on numbers, if you could indicate if you plan to come; thank you in anticipation. If you are unsure right up till the last moment that is absolutely fine. I know many of you are uncertain and or shielding but we plan to live stream the service at 10.00 on FaceBook Live, then upload to YouTube. Towards the end of the week, we will have photos and advice re ‘what to expect’, but if you do have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask. 
In the meantime, I look forward to taking a wedding at St Dunstan’s later today for a lovely local couple. To have our first service back being a wedding is very special.

Street Pastor Coordinator: We have uploaded onto our website an advert and information for a Street Pastor Coordinator for Canterbury, do look up under resources if this interests you.
Bishop Rose’s sermon from yesterday: https://youtu.be/BrOu39ra5gs

Morning Prayer: https://youtu.be/wUlGfZSXXvQ
In the meantime, please do all keep safe, keep connected and keep praying.

God Bless Jo🙏🙏🙏
Rev Jo Richards


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