Scotland bans public worship for second time during COVID-19 crisis

Jan 5, 2021 by

by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite: Scotland has banned public worship across the country for the second time since the coronavirus crisis started almost a year ago. Speaking from Holyrood, Scotland’s devolved parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed “regret” for closing all places of worship to private prayers and regular services. Her justification for the ban, and other restrictions on the movements of people in Scotland, was an increase of reported COVID-19 infections. “It is...

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Worshippers urged to reserve seats as Christmas services reach capacity

Dec 15, 2020 by

by Chantalle Edmunds, Premier: Those wishing to attend services this Christmas time are being encouraged not to leave it too late to book their seats as church buildings reach capacity. The Church of England has advised churches to set up free ticketing online booking systems to ensure adequate physical distancing can be maintained. Covid-19 restrictions mean the already popular Christmas services are quickly filling up. St Paul’s Cathedral has no tickets left for its in-person Christmas...

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‘Let us disobey’: Churches defy lockdown with secret meetings

Nov 22, 2020 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Gathering in barns, cafes and bookshops, worshippers are flocking to illegal services around the country. It sounds like the build-up to an illegal rave. Invitations are passed by word of mouth to trusted people. Minimal information – time, directions – is quietly given with pleas for discretion. Once everyone is assembled in a barn on a remote farm – “away from prying eyes,” says the organiser – it begins. This is no rave, but an English church service under...

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Sing, pray and be of good cheer

Nov 22, 2020 by

by John Musgrave, The Conservative Woman: THE Feast of Christ the King today heralds one of the strangest Advents amidst the confusion of our times. Advent starts on November 29 but already children and adults are alarmed at talk of plans to cancel Christmas. Never mind 12 days, we’ll be lucky to be allowed out for five. Christ the King? Does his writ still run? If Christmas goes ahead at all, we are told, it will be in an ever-decreasing circle of bubbles and tiers. The Wise Men will not be...

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Action against actions

Oct 15, 2020 by

by Stephen Kneale: I have nothing against all-age services and that. Of course I don’t. We do them ourselves. I think there are some very good things about them. If they are done right, I don’t think they have to be to the detriment of the adults in the room. They can be properly inclusive. But, of course, they’re not always done very well. Quite often they are just aimed at the children. All that is fine for the kids, but one has to be aware of the adults without kids in the room sitting...

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Songs of praise as £2m lifeline helps preserve cathedral choir tradition

Jul 13, 2020 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: With professional singers on furlough and income plunging, a £2m fund from the Church Commissioners eases fears for the future. For almost four months their voices have been heard only from bedrooms and kitchens instead of soaring from the choir stalls of England’s magnificent cathedrals. Amid uncertainty as to when they will be able to perform again, a growing black hole in cathedral finances from Covid-19 has raised fears about the future of their famed choirs....

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