As you know, we are restarting worship in church on Sunday. Both the 9 a.m. and the 10.30 a.m. services will be in church AND on line. We have conquered the technology so that people on Zoom will be fully present in the service, by the highly innovative step of having a TV in church which will display Zoom. So we can have readings and intercessions both live in the flesh and virtually. I'm hoping that thus everyone will feel included, wherever they are.
I'm sure the services will be lovely. We wiil be sitting socially distanced, and there will of course have to be some other changes. We have put together a set of guidelines for Sunday worship. They are here. Do please read them before you come. The highlights are
1 Communion arrangements will be different: we will queue, socially distanced, for communion, and the president will, wearing a mask, hand the bread to each person individually.
2 You are encouraged to consider wearing a mask
3 Sanitising your hands will be required on arrival and before communion
4 You're encouraged to download the service sheet before you come, or use 4G rather than wifi (St John's wifi isn't great) to download in church. We will print a few copies for those who do not have devices, but we are encouraging everyone who can to use virtual service sheets. Better for the environment and safer.
5 We won't have coffee after church. But we WILL gather for a picnic at about 12.30, and the church will be open between the end of the service and 12.30 if you wish to stay during the gap.
I am looking forward to welcoming you, whether online or in the flesh.
Don't forget, as well, Exhale! The outdoor spoken word event for Black Lives Matter, this evening, at 6.15, at St Mark's Kennington.
FInally : a poem, about communion, by Mary Oliver. Enjoy.
The Vast Ocean Begins Just Outside Our Church: The Eucharist
Something has happened
to the bread
and the wine.
They have been blessed.
The body leans forward
to receive the gift
from the priest's hand,
then the chalice.
They are something else now
from what they were
before this began.
to see Jesus,
maybe in the clouds
or on the shore,
On the hard days
I ask myself
if I ever will.
Also there are times
my body whispers to me
that I have.
With my love