A church in the shadow of Dinting Arches is going online to give more people a chance of attending services.
From Sunday 6 June, Holy Trinity Church fully reopens for regular 9.30am services which people can go along to.
It also signals the start of a new online service at 6.15pm which follows on from the uptake of the online services provided during lockdown.
The service is the idea of the Rev Nick Gurney, who says the new online service is aiming to connect with everyone.
He said: “It’s for those who perhaps can’t get to church for various reasons or find Sunday mornings a difficult time; for those who being at home is more practical or even for those away from the area who can still join in.
“It’s for those who might want something extra or a little bit different after their Sunday morning in church, or those who are a bit unsure and perhaps want to dip in and out and give church a go and simply pop in and say ‘hello’ and ask a question.”
Rev Nick hopes that the new service, which he calls ‘Mind the Gap,’ can use technology to bring about a sense of togetherness, with opportunities for individuals who want to share their faith by doing so with a ‘connections’ time, which might go some way to ‘fill the gap that a traditional service in the church building can’t always do’.
He added: “It is still a church service but perhaps with comfier seats! I also want to make this much more collaborative and put others in the driving seat.
“It is often easier to share God at work in our lives in ways through music, imagery, poetry etc and I’d love to give people any opportunity to do this and hear from anyone who’d like to be involved to please get in touch.
“This could be a real blessing to others.”
You can contact the Rev Nick Gurney directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01457 867521.
The new 6.15pm service is via Zoom using Meeting ID 880 7887 5702 and Passcode 853756.
If you don’t have a Zoom account you can use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88078875702?pwd=TzY4VzNUL3ZjSFk3b3h6VzQyNTlDQT09