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We are planning to reopen the building on Market Street for services again on Sunday 2nd August 2020. This is later than originally intended, but we have taken time to review government guidance and HSE guidance and consult with other local ministers, and we feel this opening date gives all those who are presently shielding until 1st August the opportunity to gather with us if they so wish as well as giving us time to monitor how the easing of lockdown measures is affecting the spread of the virus in our local area.
We recognise that there will be a range of opinions on meeting again in person and that not everyone will feel comfortable doing so at this present time. Nonetheless, even with the current restrictions in place from the government which do have an impact on how services will be run, we feel it is an important Biblical principle to gather together (Hebrews 10:25) and want to give people the opportunity to do this. We will continue to livestream Sunday services on Facebook Live so that all who do not feel able to attend can still participate in our meetings and as an additional means of outreach. We recognise that we are the body of Christ and will continue to seek to minister to all within our congregation and community.
Services will be held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. At the present time, we are not able to re-start our community groups (youth club, Parent & Toddler group, family fun days run in cooperation with Dearne Churches Together) because of the restrictions, particularly regarding social distancing and children. We are praying that these vital ministries to our community will soon be able to re-start and will be reviewing this decision frequently. We ask for your continued prayers that we will be able to both resume these activities and will find new and innovative ways to be ‘with God in the community, with God for the community’, which is our heart’s desire and mission.