The Octave of Sts. Peter and Paul.

My Dear Friends,

It was a delight to share our worship of God with you this morning.

I am most grateful to each of you for your part in helping to make our Services so very worshipful and safe.

As of the 1st of July the limit on the number of people allowed to attend places of worship and religious gatherings has been lifted so that the number allowed to attend a religious gathering will only be restricted by the size of the building so long as we observe the one person per four square metre rule (we can fit 130 people in St. Paul’s on this basis, in fact).

Singing is obviously a contested issue. The Choir will re-commence singing in our Services on Sunday the 5th of July. Congregational singing will not be permitted for the time being so the music, and not the words, will be included in the hymn sheet so that people can hum the tune/words.

The same stringent hygiene and safety protocols that we have been observing will need to be observed each and every week.

The following measures will be observed to ensure the safety of all who attend these worship Services:

1. People are quite free to decide not to attend Church or any event as I don't want anyone to feel that they must do something against their will (or if they feel that they might compromise another person's health – which is why we have closed down all of our groups).

2. All risk management obligations will be scrupulously attended to, such as observing the need for hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing, etc. The Holy Water Stoup has been emptied.

3. The Greeting of Peace will involve bowing reverently to those one is seated close to.

4. Communion will be in two kinds (the Priest will intinct the wafers).

5. There will be morning tea in the Large Hall after the 9.30 a.m. Service and physical distancing and hygiene protocols will be observed.

6. We will fully comply with all government directives and legal requirements.

The mid-week Eucharist has resumed on Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m.

If the situation changes with reference to the government's directives then we will review matters at that point in time.

With reference to forthcoming high holy days we will be observing:

The Octave of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sunday the 5th of July;

St. James' Day on Sunday the 26th of July;

There will be a Service of Evensong at 5.00 p.m. on Sunday the 2nd of August to mark the 149th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of St. Paul's (on the 29th of July, 1871);

Mary Mother of Our Lord on Sunday the 16th of August;

The Octave of St. Bartholomew on Sunday the 30th of August;

The Octave of St. Matthew on Sunday the 27th of September;

The Octave of St. Michael and All Angels on Sunday the 4th of October;

St. Luke's Day on Sunday the 18th of October;

All Saints' Day on Sunday the 1st of November;

All Souls' Day on Monday the 2nd of November;

Christ the King on Sunday the 22nd of November.

We will make plans for Advent and Christmas closer to the time when we know what we are dealing with in terms of permitted numbers and space required.

I hold each of you in my prayers every day and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

With every blessing.