St Peter's is reopening for private prayer and 'in person' worship

You may have noticed that the most recent announcements about the staged lifting of lockdown did not include any reference to places of worship. This is because, for the last period at least, places of worship have had the legal right to remain open. Nevertheless, in light of the highly infectious new variant and the relatively high infection rates in Harrogate, the PCC decided, at the beginning of January, to close for 'in person' worship and private prayer. The situation has now changed. The vaccine roll-out is having a good effect on infection rates, now below 1 in 1,000 in our area. Vaccination is also reducing the risk to our most vulnerable members. Taking these factors into account we plan, therefore, to reopen for private prayer 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday to Saturday from Monday 8th March, and return to carefully distanced 'in person' worship, still maintaining our pattern of online Sunday worship, from:
Thursday 11th March 11:00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 14th March 9:30 am Family Communion*
Sunday 14th March 11.00 am Choral Matins*
Sunday 14th March 4:15 pm Afternoon Church (this will be once a month)*
Looking ahead to Holy Week there will also be special services on:
Maundy Thursday 1st April 7:30pm Holy Communion*
Good Friday 2nd April 10:00 am Family Service with craft activities*
Good Friday 2nd April 2:00 – 3:00pm An Hour Before the Cross*
*Please book these services with Carole Raw, our Parish Administrator, via email: stpeterschurchhgtoffice@gmail.com or phone: 07425 161425 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Monday to Thursday.
This regime, in effect, is a restoration of our pattern of worship before Christmas. As then rules concerning face coverings and the maintaining of social distance continue to apply. All this is a small first step, but it is very much a step in the right direction. We can be hopeful of returning to fully gathered worship before too long.