UPDATE News of Upcoming Restrictions

Posted by: Stephen Lowry - Posted on:

It was with a heavy heart that the people of Northern Ireland received the news from our Executive that restrictions are being imposed upon us once more due the covid-19 pandemic.
A dozen lives a day in our community are being lost to families and communities and it is appropriate that we make a collective response to this fact. In addition the ability of the Heath Service to proceed with vital operations and procedures is being seriously undermined by the level of admision to hospital because of the virus. This poses dangers to staff, families, sick people, and the ability of the community to function safely.
Part of the response directed by the government is to impose a lockdown for two weeks. As in March, ordinary Church Services are cancelled for those weeks.
We are seeking to act safely and within the spirit and intention of the lockdown.
The last in-church services for KandCd will be on Sunday 22nd November at 10:00 in Carryduff and 12:00 in Killaney.
At these services (inclduing their online broadcasts) a pastoral letter from Bishop David McClay will be read.
A FURTHER LETTER FROM BISHOP DAVID ARRIVED AFTER THIS WAS PUBLISHED:
He advises that there should be no congregational singing this week.
There will be no midweek service at least until 15th December, a three week pause.
As indicated, this decision is made with a heavy heart, but we hope to be able to put on alternative online events and possibly one or more drive-in services. Watch this space.

2 replies on “UPDATE News of Upcoming Restrictions”

    I personally know we are well apart from
    Each. Other in our church and we sanitise our hands going in and wear our masks our names are ticked off as we enter and we sanitise our hands when we are going home , actually I would go as far to say we are safer in church than we are shopping , I don’t think church should’ be closed

    Eunice Blakely

      According to BBC News: “From 27 November, places of worship must close, except for funerals and weddings, which were limited to 25 people with no receptions, regardless of venue” so we are simply obeying the law. I agree that we are very safe in church, but perhaps not every church is as careful as our parishes are.

      Stephen Lowry Administrator

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