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Worhip Post Covid

By philtaylorphoto  
12 July 2020. Christ Church, Pennington, Leigh, Lancashire.Rev Alan Saunders and the churchwardens decided in advance of the official Covvid 19 lockdown for public worship to close the doors, and go online only. Initially services were 'broadcast from the church, but due to technical difficulties, and government restrictions they were forced to set up a 'studio' in the vicarage dining room. Alan's previous background in electronics came in handy, as well as his being a radio amateur proved invaluable.The multi camera setup links to the parish hall and vicarage for improved internet connections via a high cable that he installed between the tower and vicarage..However, today (12 July) the church reopened within Covid 19 secure conditions. Worshippers were welcomed by greeters in masks, but no handshakes, hand samitisers and 2 meter distancing was the order of the day.Important parts of the service, such as singing are banned, with silent lip synching and gestures replacing it. Communion has been modified with the churchwarden taking the bread round, 'the peace' was replaced with a variety of hand gestures. For the 10:30 sservice, the church is usyally packed, but today, after giving their contact details in on arrival, and having booked a place earlier omly around a dozen worshippers attended in person, but at least 100 connections were made to the Youtube Live Stream...

Tags: Photo journalism Studio Network Dining room Leigh Vicarage reopen Coronavirus pandemic Covid 19 Christ Church Pennington Alan Sauders

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dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
13 Jul 2020 10:16AM
The things that have been going on have amazed me: fortunately, our vicar is technology-friendly, and one of her churchwardens loves it. The building was open for a service yesterday, but with most of the chairs missing...
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
13 Jul 2020 10:39AM
I'm not bothered about the missing chairs, did you have a missing congregation?

As you can see from the caption, most folk stayed home, with more people involved in biosecurity than ordinary worshippers.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
14 Jul 2020 10:17AM
No: we have a congregation! I'm not sure how many turned up at church, but there's still an online service - and the church isn't that large...

And my impression is that church members have been active in the community: before lockdown got started, we'd distributed cards to every house in the parish offering shopping and so on for anyone who was self-isolating. My guess is that this will extend past lockdown, as many people will remain vulnerable.
philtaylorphoto 19 334 2
14 Jul 2020 10:23AM
Of course, the church is the body of Christ, and by extension its members. Locally in Bolton we have been active in the community, and online. Zoom has done well, with attendees hitting the limit of 150 on some days. For those able to work technology things have continued normally (or in my case, abnormally, 'going to church' in the bath after a lie in).
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
15 Jul 2020 5:13PM

We've tended to watch still lying in.

keep smiling about the oven mitts (?) he's wearing Smile
Probably makes me miss the point of the photo, but it makes me like the photo Smile

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