Update! for Belton and Burgh Castle churches

Rev Rosie Bunn

Rector of All Saints Church, Belton
St Peter & St Paul Church, Burgh Castle


The churches in Belton and Burgh Castle are still working towards opening up fully with services in church each week, and meetings/groups going ahead
At a recent Belton Parochial Church Council meeting, it was agreed that Sunday morning services would be held in the church building on a three week cycle; one week with the church building open to as many as we can accommodate safely, and two weeks streaming live from the church. Each week the services from Belton will be continue to be available online through Amazon Chime or Facebook Live. The reason for this is that we have three different people who lead the sung worship, two of which have been shielding and are not yet ready to sing in a church with a congregation. I continue to be extremely careful, as I am unsure whether the vaccine is as effective for me, due to me being immune suppressed. In June, Belton church will be open for services on Sunday 6th June for Messy Church at 4pm and on Sunday 20th June for a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am
Burgh Castle Church will be open for a service of Holy Communion on Sunday 6th June and again on Sunday 20th June both at 9.30am. At Burgh Castle we are very mindful that some people are not ready to come back to church, mixing with others, so we shall be continuing with a service of Morning Prayer on alternate weeks online. Burgh Castle church does not have access to the internet and with the signal very poor we are unable to live-stream the service from the church building
With all that is currently being said about the Indian variant of the coronavirus, there is a real hesitation to open up the churches every week, and re-start all the groups, safely. As the church communities rely on a small number of people to keep the church buildings clean and ready for use, and with the churches not being that easy to keep clean, we hope you understand
The churches continue to be active in many ways. The Pantry is continuing to provide food support to families/people in need. Funerals and Weddings are going ahead in the church buildings now, although still with limited numbers attending in accordance with government restrictions. We continue to pray regularly for our communities and the people who ask for prayer
There are plans to have a Young at Heart tea party in the Rectory Garden and a special event, involving food, of course, for the young people that usually come to Rock Solid and Messy Church. These will be held in July and invitations will be sent out soon


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