RESUMPTION OF CHURCH SERVICES

Although worship in churches has not actually been prohibited during the current period of Covid restrictions, we decided to discontinue our services due to the growing infection rate.  Now we are seeing a rapid decrease in infection and the majority of our regular worshippers have had at least their first vaccine, I am delighted to say that we will be having a service of Holy Communion at 9am on Easter Morning.  We will be following the arrangements previously made for safe worship and we will receive communion by taking the Bread only.  Easter is one of those feasts when all communicating members of the Church of England are required to take communion and we very much hope that all who have been unable to attend a live service will celebrate with us.  Please note the earlier time of this service, which will give plenty of time after for opening Easter eggs, champagne breakfasts or a good walk.  For those who cannot make it for any reason, the clergy are able to offer a House Communion and may be contacted via the details in the “Who’s Who” at the front of this magazine.
Services on the Sunday following Easter will probably have to remain on line but, if all goes to plan, the lifting of general restrictions will allow us to start our regular Sunday services at 10:15 from April 18th, from when we may even be allowed to sing again.

The flintwork repairs described in the last edition commenced on time, but completion was delayed pending warmer weather and further drying out, as lime mortar does not set at low temperatures.
The PCC will be considering a list of other repairs deemed urgent by the Architect at the last inspection; as always, funds permitting.

The display of wild crocus in the churchyard was particularly good this year, helped by a spell of warm weather, and they are now spreading to other areas including the Church Street frontage.  A welcome sign of spring, and harbinger of hope for a summer of much needed greater freedom.

Richard Vogt, Churchwarden, Litcham All Saints

SERVICES SET TO RESUME AT EASTER

After some very bleak months with the arrival of Spring and the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine there are good grounds for feeling optimistic.  The ministry team has been working hard to prepare for resuming services once again in our churches but cautiously and safely beginning with Easter.

The government is discouraging large gatherings over Easter and so our main service will be a joyful online celebration of Easter on Zoom.  However, we recognise that taking Holy Communion at Easter is very important to many people and we will therefore be offering a short service of Holy Communion at 9am on Easter day at three of our churches; Gressenhall, Little Dunham and Litcham.

After the 12th April as the second phase of the release from lockdown begins there will be church services throughout the Benefice.  These will be limited in number but will offer a good range of services.  This will not be the fixed pattern of worship going forward but is a temporary measure as we slowly emerge from lockdown.

Online Services have grown steadily in popularity with a congregation of around 50 each week and so these will continue.  Our online services are easy to join, even if you have no experience with technical things.  All you need is a computer or iPad/tablet and an email address.  Links for joining online worship are given in the weekly Benefice email.  If you are unsure, one of us will happily talk you through how to join in.  If you do not have a computer, it is possible to listen in by phone.  Please ask; we are here to help.  Services are recoded and can be watched later from the Upper Nar and Launditch Facebook page.

Every blessing, Miriam, Julia and Shawn