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Church visiting in a pandemic

July 22, 2020

Church visiting in a pandemic

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As I write this, churches are slowly beginning to open up for private prayer and for worship in the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic.

On the face of it it isn’t a good time to visit churches but they do deserve our prayers and our support at this very difficult time. I offer these pictures as a record of what is going on.

I have been to St. Peter & St. Paul in Fakenham, Norfolk. It is a church I have visited before but things are very different at the moment. For a start, the main door isn’t open. I was greeted by the sign above and went around to the chancel.

Another sign set out what was happening.

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Inside, only the chancel was open, and this was set out for private prayer – with some good ideas on a sheet to be taken away. Chairs were set out well apart.DSC00031

Another example is at Little Walsingham – a place usually busy with visitors and pilgrims in the summer. This year is very different. The Shrine is only open from 10am – 3pm .

St. Mary and All Saints Church was open but many things had been moved away. It was still possible to light a candle but there were no prayer cards etc – there is usually a good display here.

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Also, the pews have signs to indicate where to sit.

All very different!

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