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Wakefield Cathedral to welcome worshippers for the first time since lockdown this Sunday!

7 July 2020

Wakefield Cathedral to welcome worshippers for the first time since lockdown this Sunday!

Wakefield Cathedral will welcome worshippers in person for the first time this Sunday (12 July) after more than three months in lockdown.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, said he was excited to announce there will be two services of Holy Communion this Sunday morning in line with the latest Government and Public health guidelines on safety but stressed that digital worship will still be available for those unable to come to the cathedral.

Worshippers will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and should observe social distancing. The number of people the Cathedral can accommodate will be much smaller due to the chairs being spaced apart. And special arrangements are in place for the safe administration of Holy Communion.

Although there will be no singing, there will be organ music during the service and some recorded music may also be played.

Worshippers can download the service sheet from the cathedral website in advance and bring it with them on their phone or tablet, or as a printed copy. They are also encouraged to make their offering using contactless payment, or cash can be used on the collection plate available.

To comply with the Government’s Track and Trace scheme, worshippers will be asked to complete a registration slip on arrival.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, said:

“We are very pleased that we can at last welcome people to worship in person at the Cathedral, especially to a service of Holy Communion.

“It will be wonderful to gather together again to praise God and to celebrate the Holy Communion, which is such an essential part of our life together.

“We are very aware that there are many who worship with us who are not able to attend in person, whether due to distance or because they are shielding.

“And we will therefore continue with our weekly online services and each Sunday the service will be uploaded for viewing, and we hope that our wider community will continue to feel very much included.”

Public services of Holy Communion in the nave will continue on Sundays at 08.00 and 09.15

And from Monday 13 July there will be daily services at 08.00 and 14.30.

Digital worship will continue to stream at 11.00 on Sundays and daily at 17.00.

Connect with the Cathedral’s online services, visit their facebook page.

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