Hyde church preparing to open its doors to the public

St Mary’s, Newton with Flowery Field is to hold its first service in more than three months since lockdown at the Hyde church.Parishioners, who have had become accustomed to regular services live on Facebook, will be back in church to worship on Sunday, July 5 at 10am,

The Rev Sheila O’Flaherty, said: “Not being able to celebrate Easter in church was hard for many of us, so this Sunday will be a special service, which brings us back to Easter, as we celebrate a new light.

“I know many people are yearning to get back to church, and we are particularly hoping that a few of the people that joined us online during the lockdown will now want to join us in person.

“At the same time, we recognise that there are still people who are shielding who may not feel able to join us in church just yet. We will be carrying on with the live streaming of the services, so that they can join in the celebration from home.”

Churchwarden David Mayall added: “Sunday will be an important day as we welcome people back and some new faces.

“It won’t be the same as before, with restrictions on where people can sit, strict hygiene rules for taking communion, and listening to hymns rather than joining in.

“We recognise just how much has been sacrificed to get the virus under control, and the most important thing now is to make sure that as we get back bits of normality in our lives, we do so safely.”

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