Hey Church Family! Natalie and I love you all and have greatly missed seeing you in-person during services. I have enjoyed preaching online, but it will be a joyful time for us when we each attend our first service back (which may be different for each individual). After much prayer and counsel, I have decided to reopen in-person church services on the 12th of July. Out of caution as shepherd of the flock, I am waiting eight days after the restrictions are lifted. New full guidelines are expected to be released just a day or two before the lockdown lifts and I want time to absorb them, plus it will give us a chance to breathe and observe what happens in the country when businesses and churches first reopen. But as a preacher, I can’t wait too long for the chance to see your faces and share your fellowship. One-metre distance is so much better than preaching to you through a camera lens. This decision was made after prayer, speaking with our deacons and discussing with other church leader friends. Also, Rob and the trustees have helped me in developing a COVID-19 health and safety risk assessment, which you can read here, and on which the following guidelines are established.These guidelines were drawn from Biblical principles; they are also in accordance with advice from our insurance company; the Christian (Law) Institute; and the Government’s guidelines for places of worship in the light of COVID-19. If anyone does not have peace about returning to in-person services yet, we understand. There is no pressure to attend until you are ready. We will continue to provide our online options for those who choose to remain home. We aim to do all we can to mitigate the risk to any who attend. However, we recognise your personal responsibility and accountability in choosing to attend a public event.