St Stephen’s was able to open its doors last Sunday for the first Church Service since March. An incredible amount of work was carried out beforehand, working out how to make it all as safe as possible with hand sanitisers, signs showing the one way system, available pews etc. A lot of work was also put into the technology so that Zoom could be used alongside the live service. It all went very smoothly on the day! The congregation was very small – we didn’t need to worry about exceeding the maximum 35 people! Although not the same atmosphere as with our usual numbers we could still feel God’s presence and it was lovely to be back. The hardest part was not standing up to sing but the signing of the Blessing was a great addition. Although there is not enough room in the church for Fellowship afterwards, people had the opportunity to chat in the church garden. It was good to see people face to face rather than on a Zoom screen!

[from Christine MacRae]

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