Special Notice in advance of the next newsletter:
CORONAVIRUS AND SERVICES AT ST MICHAEL’S AND ALL SAINTS
We are making special arrangements to protect people during this period of concern.
Sharing Holy Communion is an immense and wonderful privilege and we want to participate in it without concern or fear. When we come to Holy Communion we bring the whole of ourselves to receive, sadly that might include the sneezes and wheezes which none of us wish to share with others. From mid-March we are following the guidelines as follows:
· Those administering the bread will cleanse their hands.
· Church and national advice suggests not dipping (intincting) your wafer into the wine because this might be a health risk to other people. This is a change on what was said a couple of decades ago. As corona virus is now feared to be spreading, the advice will be that no one should receive the wine other than the person presiding.
· Also that the Peace should not include the handshake, but other ways of sharing peace will be explored.
It will feel strange that a symbol of sharing grace and peace is stopped - but by sharing the bread alone we can do that safely. Throughout history this has been a common practice and is regarded as sharing fully in Communion.
Having said that we look forward to the time when we can again share in the wine. It would be wonderful if this is the case only for a short period - let’s hope so. Mark