IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING SERVICES AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH
As we find ourselves in lockdown once again, this time it has been left to individual parishes to decide whether or not to continue with public worship in
church. I'm sure you can appreciate what a difficult decision this is - we know how important meeting together for worship and fellowship is for our spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing and
under any other circumstances there would be no question of us stopping. However, taking into account a number of factors including the high and rapidly climbing incidence of cases of Covid in our
local area and the newer more transmissible variant of the virus, the PCC have made the majority decision that we must suspend public worship while Gateshead LA is in lockdown. We
feel that people's safety is too important to take risks with.
Worship will continue with a service being livestreamed to Facebook at 10.30 on Sunday mornings and there will be a
new phone-in evening service beginning this coming Sunday at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to participate in this but it is particularly aimed at people who can't access our online content. Do spread the
word about this and ask anyone who is interested to get in contact with me so that I can get the necessary information to them.
While we are staying home as much as we can to keep one another safe, the thing that we can all do is pray - for one
another, for our church, for all those making difficult decisions about how to proceed in these times, for all who are suffering from the virus and those who are working so hard to look after them.
In the last lockdown, the national church encouraged us to pause each day at 6pm to pray; perhaps we can reinstate this in these critical weeks to come as the vaccination programme races to outstrip
the spread of the virus.
Stay home and stay safe, and if you need anything - from a loaf of bread to a listening ear - don't hesitate to get in touch.
Priest-in-Charge: The Rev'd Alison Stewart Smith
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