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We have invited the Rev’d Charlotte Osborn to contribute a regular newsletter to Lowick Live. This is her first. Welcome, Charlotte!

As the 40 days of Lent advance and the daylight hours increase (Lent is so called after an old English word meaning lengthen) and as the country begins to take its first tentative steps out of lockdown, we look to the promise and hope of Easter with renewed enthusiasm this year, not having been able to mark it at all in 2020.

The Parochial Church Council have agreed that St John the Baptist Church will be open for public worship on Good Friday and Easter Day, observing all government guidelines and restrictions, which means that we shall be limited to 30 people at each service. Unfortunately, we are still not allowed to sing congregationally, but we can have the organ played and up to 3 singers to lead us. So, there will be Easter hymns to listen to, and Holy Communion can be celebrated, the congregation receiving just the wafer, and all this at a social distance and behind masks. We are very sorry too there can be no coffee or Easter egg hunts either, but  we still have that to look forward to another year.

The service on Good Friday will take the form of Reflections around the Cross, and Easter Day will be Holy Communion, with hymns and a sermon.

Please know that you are very welcome at either or both of these services, with these restrictions. We shall need you all to indicate to the Churchwarden your intention to attend, as we must keep account of numbers and telephone information necessary for the track and trace.

 Please contact:

Niall Cartlidge (01289 381687)

We’d love to see you too at the Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion at Ancroft at 7pm, (April 1st) or the Easter Vigil service at Ford at 8pm on Holy Saturday (April 3rd)  for which please see the attached poster. Numbers attending these services have been under 20 in the past so room for one or two more this year!

Please contact me, Revd Charlotte Osborn, on 01890 820240 or if you would like to be added to the list of attendees.

Meanwhile may I wish you a quiet and peaceful Holy Week and a very Happy Easter celebration when it comes.

All best wishes, Charlotte

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