LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
6 June 2020
“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Ps 96.9
Resumption of Sunday public worship
It is with great joy that I announce the resumption of Sunday public worship from this Sunday (7 June). The pain of separation has been real and there has been a deep longing for us to gather together again. This Sunday is Trinity Sunday: celebrating the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is our reflection on the source of the explosion of love and salvation which is at the heart of the Christian faith. A good feast on which to gather again as a loving community. We will return to our normal pattern of two Sunday Masses - a Sung Mass at 8am and a Choral Mass at 10am.
Phase 3 COVID restrictions
Under Phase 3 of the COVID restrictions in WA, we are still required to comply with various distancing and hygiene regulations.
In practical terms this means:
- Everyone must use hand sanitiser when they arrive.
- Everyone must consent to their name and telephone number being recorded for contact tracing purposes.
- Everyone is encouraged to download and keep active the COVID-19 app on their mobile phones.
- A distance of 1.5m must be kept between people from different households at all times. This means no physical contact during the greeting of peace or greeting one another before and after the service by those of different households.
- Communion will be in one kind only. There will be no offertory procession. To maintain physical distancing, communicants should approach the altar step in one line.
- If you bring money or an envelope for the collection, please place it in the collection bowl provided as you arrive, or as you leave. Please consider making your offering via tapping your credit/debit card or by direct debit.
- The order of service will be printed in its entirety. Please take it with you when you go and recycle it at home.
- No refreshments or food will be served after the services.
I am immensely grateful that we have been able to live-stream our services throughout this period and that so many of you have been able to participate in our worship online. The Parish Council has decided to purchase cameras and associated equipment to be able to continue to live-stream on a permanent basis. This is scheduled to be installed on 15 June, so the live-streaming arrangements for the next two Sundays are temporary. Please bear with us.
Our online worship has been greatly enhanced by the provision of music on the organ and with singing from cantors and on major festivals a quartet. In order to comply with physical distancing requirements and due to budgetary restraints, we will continue to have a reduced number of singers for the foreseeable future. Musicians have been amongst those most severely affected financially by the COVID restrictions. If you would like to contribute to our music programme please contact us.
The parish has suffered a dramatic loss of income due to the present situation. If you are in a position to donate, you may like to consider supporting us in one or more of the following areas:
- Mission & Ministry: general donations to the parish support our ongoing ministry,
- Fabric: tax deductible donations may be made to our National Trust account to support the maintenance of our historic buildings,
- Live-streaming: if you have appreciated the live-streams of our services you may like to contribute towards the nearly $10,000 cost of installing equipment to enable us to continue this outreach,
- Music: as indicated above, donations to help us resume our full music programme will be very gratefully received.
In the midst of these uncertain and challenging times, the words of the author of the letter to the Hebrews come to mind, “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.”
I look forward very much to seeing you back at one of our regular Sunday services. If you are unable to do so, for whatever reason, I hope that you will be able to participate in our online ministry. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and please pray for me also.
May the God of peace bless you,
Rector | Area Dean