“Freedom Day” (19 July 2021) meant that most of the Covid-19 restrictions in England were lifted and this included for places of worship. But is it right for churches to “get back to normal” and what should that normal now look like?
Churches have been able to meet in places of worship since July 2020, but with major restrictions on numbers, social distancing, not being able to sing and keeping interaction to a minimum. However, many churches have chosen to limit their activities even within the regulations, mainly out of respect for their members and concern to set a good example to others. Paul says in 1 Coninthians 10:23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. (NIV) Perhaps this is the principle that churches should continue to follow. Although the new freedom allows churches not to bother with restricting numbers or exercising social distancing, as well as encouraging singing, hugging and other close interaction, there are other issues that need to be considered.
Also covered in this article we cover safe environments, building related matters, and on-line or “hybrid” church
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