Pewsheet 27th December

Christmas 2020

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Many of you have asked what we are going to be doing at St John’s this Christmas.

As you know with the present infection it would be wrong to try and do our normal family nativity and Christingle with 350 (or more!) of us crammed into the Church at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

To that end we have taken another approach.

‘Let us go to Bethlehem’ is a journey around the darkened Church using projection and multimedia to tell the story of the first Christmas. Individual videos will be available by QR codes allowing children to learn more about each part of this amazing and lifegiving story. The trail will take about 15 minutes to complete, ending at the crib. Please don’t all come at once – it’s open for three hours to allow proper social distance. 

All appropriate Covid safe restrictions will be made (hand sanitiser, social distancing etc) and please wear face coverings if you would normally.

We know this year can’t be quite the same, but please come and join us at St John’s this Christmas.

In addition, our traditional Midnight Mass will be at 11.30pm, in part by candlelight and with wonderful Christmas music. There will be said Masses on Christmas Day at 8am and 9am, and the full Mass of Christmas day at 10am. 

Come and have a full and proper Christmas at St John’s

To you all a very happy and merry Christmas

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Dear Brother and Sisters,

The new lockdown will begin at just past midnight tonight, and as I alluded to on Sunday, public worship will be required to cease till December 2nd at least. I have held off writing to you as considerable representations have been made to the Government by Bishops of all Churches, Members of Parliament, and others. Indeed it was hinted in parliament a couple of hours ago, that this may be amended in due course.
I fully realise the impact that lockdown can have on so many of us, and the isolation it can cause. Please be assured that I am always at the end of the telephone and email and available if I can help in any way, or just for a chat and some company. Naturally there are also those in our community who may be struggling for food, either through economic reasons or through isolation. Please let me know and I can endeavour to assist through one of the many channels that exist.
Through this period the Church will open for private prayer. It will be open Mon-Fri from 10.30am -6pm. On Saturday and Sunday this will be later 12noon -6pm.
Mass will continually to be offered daily at 10am and at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. These will be broadcast through Facebook as last time at this link.
This will begin from tomorrow morning. 
There is still more detail arriving as to what we are allowed to do and what we must not. I intend to return to emailing you all on a Friday with greater details about what is happening.
Please care and look out for one another at this difficult time; as so often little things can mean so much.

In the mean time if you have any questions or concerns please be in touch.

Your friend and parish priest


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