It was a joy to be back in St Mary’s Church for those who were able to be there to share in Holy Communion, meanwhile we continued to hold in our hearts and be connected spiritually with those who are still unable to come to these gatherings.

Worshippers totalled 43 – all carefully distanced at more than two metres apart.

The Revd Eve Pegler welcomed everyone back to church and congratulated the Revd Tim Heaton on the 10th anniversary of his ordination as priest and his first service at St Mary’s, marking the beginning of his ministry throughout the benefice. Celebratory chocolates were found, together with the service booklets, at every available seat.

There were four hand sanitiser points around the building and communion was offered complete in the bread alone. It was very encouraging to be able to gather together again in our lovely parish church.