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- Coming out of lockdown 7 May 2021
On Monday 10 May we come out of lockdown. The usual requirements to use handgel entering and leaving the church, wearing a face mask covering nose and mouth, and observing physical distancing, will continue to apply for services at St Helena’s.
Additionally, in order to come to church, each person will need to have with them a Coronapass. This will be available soon as an app on a mobile phone, but until that is ready each person must carry proof of one of:
A negative PCR or rapid test, taken within the last 72 hours
Vaccination of at least one dose received at least 3 weeks ago
Having contracted coronavirus in the past 6 months.
The responsibility for this lies with each person. We do not have to check this as you arrive. If the church is subject to a surprise police check, anyone without the one of the 3 proofs listed above will be responsible for any fine imposed.
- Lockdown: April 26th-May 9th 25 April 2021
Services will be online only for May 2nd and May 9th. The charity shops will be closed for this period, and the April book sale is cancelled.
- Easter Day 2021 4 April 2021
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Even as we entered the church a feast of flower arrangements met our eyes.
Flower arrangements were by Liz Taylor.
Every corner of the sanctuary displayed the new life that the flowers represent.
In front of the communion table the bouquet overflowed in colour demonstrating the overflowing love of God for us all.
The lilies in front of the lectern bring together the purity of the lamb of God alongside our worship of him.
- Archbishop Michael’s Easter Message 1 April 2021
I’m outside the church of Saint Fanurios. It’s a Greek Orthodox church at Deryneia in Cyprus. And it’s where the Anglican congregation
John the Evangelist meets week by week.
And here we are at Holy Week once again. Last year I said that Holy Week and Easter 2020 were going to be Holy Week and Easter like no other. And they certainly weren’t!
And here we are one year on. And sadly it does feel almost the same you could say it even feels worse. And we could be excused for feeling gloom in this long season of pandemic.
Now despite what some wrongly believe Christians are allowed to feel gloomy and low and angry sometimes if that’s what they honestly are feeling after all Jesus was low and angry.
He was angry as when he drove the cheating traders out of the temple this week and he was also low. Think of his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Yet this is the week, this is the time to exult. And I use the word very deliberately;
this is the time to exult.To exult not in any shallow sense but in the sense of that great canticle which is called the Exsultet. It it’s a canticle by long custom is chanted or proclaimed in the darkness of Holy Saturday night or Easter Sunday pre-dawn in the morning. The Exsultet.
So this is the time to exult. Exult that the grain of wheat though hidden and easily thought to be gone in the soil. Exult that that grain of wheat rises and sees the sun and bears fruit; the grain of wheat which is Christ.
And exult, to take another, image that the lamb of sacrifice though slain transforms by his sacrifice absolutely everyone and absolutely everything whether they know it or not. And the lamb is Christ. Exult in short that Christ is revealed as the one who was yesterday and is today and shall be forever.
So happy Holy Week and an exultant Easter. Christ is risen. He’s risen indeed! Hallelujah!
- Archbishop Michael at St Helena’s 28 February 2021
Sunday 28 February 2021, Archbishop Michael presided and spoke at St Helena’s