Dear EFP church folk,
 
You will no doubt have read or heard yesterday’s Government announcement, that from July 4th public worship will be possible in church buildings again. We rejoice in this! See the Diocese’s news release at https://exeter.anglican.org/weddings-and-worship-in-devons-church-buildings-from-4-july/ .
 
Many constraints will remain, regarding social distancing and sanitisation, and singing will not initially be possible. We await detailed guidance from the Church of England and the Diocese.
 
The move to being able to worship in church again is in a changed world from the one we left when we last did so. It is a move forward into the post-COVID-19 world, rather than a move back to what was before, as in all walks of life.
 
There will be many factors to consider in how we move towards worshipping in church again. The Wardens and I are meeting at the weekend for a first discussion on how we might do this. Subsequent discussion will involve the PCCs. It will be wise to step gently with this new stage.
 
Continuing with online worship in some form is likely to be an important part of the future. Some people will be unable to enter a church building for some time, or reluctant to do so. The online services have also helped many people who would not normally consider going to a conventional church service.
 
Feniton and Payhembury churches continue to be open for private prayer 9am-5pm. If you haven’t already done so and are able to, you may find it helpful to step inside - to reacquaint yourself with the building in a quiet moment, and with the gift our buildings can be for touching us with God’s presence.
 
I will communicate further in due course.
 
In the words of John Newton in the hymn ‘Amazing grace’ -
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
 
Take care and God bless,
David
 
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton