Praise be! On Saturday 27 June, at the end of the 14th week of lockdown, after the gradual easing of restrictions, once again I was able to enter St Peter’s Church.
Places of worship were allowed to open for individual private prayer from 13 June provided that safety conditions were put in place, to the immense relief of believers of the diverse religions we have in this country.
Before the Church could be opened, safeguarding requirements had to be devised and implemented. Two stewards had to be on duty, face masks had to be worn, social distancing of 2m had to be observed, hand sanitizer had to be used on entry at the main entrance and before exit at the side door by the organ. In addition, after each period of opening, the Church had to be specially cleaned. These are only the measures I am aware of. I am sure that there are others too.
So, here I was, at the first session of its reopening (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June from 10am till 1pm), on the threshold of St Peter’s, tentatively entering for silent individual private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Quietly I sat down, so grateful for so many things, and emotional too…