We have received further guidance from the Diocese. Subject to the normal exemptions – children and those with medical issues – we now have to wear face masks during services including during singing. The exemption for choirs is that they may remove face masks when they sing but this does not apply to congregations.
When The Peace is shared it will be as we have been doing – a smile and a wave rather than shaking hands.
I am very conscious that this is a very unsettling time and that some people will feel they don’t want to come to church services at the moment so I am pleased that we will be continuing the on-line services.
At this time with infections still rising even though the vaccine has made a huge difference, I think it is important to continue to be cautious and look after each other.
The Garrowby Churches are set in the Yorkshire Wolds, and consists of 5 parishes. As worshipping communities we aim to grow ourselves in our faith and discipleship, support and engage with our local communities and bring new people to Christ.
We are blessed with beautiful buildings and faithful commitment from our congregations. As we continue to grow together, we are being enabled to offer a variety of worship and outreach. Lay ministry and leadership is key to all we offer, and encouraged as we endeavour to open the Kingdom and its values to all.
The Christian faith is focused on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We also believe his death achieved something very special: the opportunity to reconnect with the God that we might believe in but might sometimes feel remote from.
We believe that Jesus was not just a human being but, in some way that we cannot fully understand, God as well. We believe in God the Father, the creator of the entire universe, and the Holy Spirit, who is the way we can experience Jesus today. Not three gods but one, who together are described as the ‘Trinity’ – a description not so much of philosophy but of the relationship at the heart of God.
In the most famous Christian prayer we pray ‘Our Father…’ This creator God wants a relationship with us, for us to be his children and to give us, as Jesus says, ‘life in all its fulness’ (John 10.10).