Churches begin to reopen
Some churches in the Harborough area that have been closed due to government Covid-19 regulations are planning to re-open for private prayer following the easing of lockdown. There are no plans for any to resume any form of public worship until at least mid-August. On-line and other provisions for worship, teaching and prayer will continue for some time. Government restrictions, the constrictions of fixed furnishings and narrow aisles, and the need to have volunteers on hand during opening hours prohibit wider access to many buildings at this time.
Following extensive consultation, and with clear social distancing and sanitising arrangements in place, the following churches will be open at the times stated. Please check the individual church websites as there may be variations to these arrangements.
Baptist Church, Coventry Road hopes to open for private prayer in the coming weeks but is still in the preparation stage to ensure it can open safely.
Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Church is currently opening for private prayer 10.00-12.00 in the morning on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday with clear distancing and sanitising restrictions in place.
The Anglican Churches in the town will be open for private prayer as follows from Monday 6 July unless otherwise stated:
- St Dionysius Wednesday and Saturday 10.00 - 2.00
- St Peter & St Paul Great Bowden Monday 2.00- 3.30; Wednesday 6.00 - 7.30; Friday 10.00-11.30
- St Nicholas Little Bowden Tuesday 10.00-12.00 from 14 July
- St Hugh Granville Street Saturday 2.00-4.00
- All Saints Lubenham Wednesday and Sunday 9.30-5.30
Take-away flyers at the door of each Anglican church will give instructions for each visitor regarding distancing, guidance for prayer, information about spiritual resources and the wide-ranging practical help that is available, and a contact number for more information.
Anglican Team Rector Barry Hill comments: "Surveys suggest that maybe as many as 40 per cent of worshippers will not feel confident to return to church buildings until a vaccine is available. We are aware that a significant proportion of our congregations fall into the clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable groups and it is important that they take heed of government advice on visiting church buildings and volunteering."
In addition, the town’s Street Pastors will be out in Harborough on Saturdays and Sundays from 4th July 2.00-4.00 pm