CHURCHES across Bromsgrove have started to reopen their doors for private prayer.
Places of worship were shut en-masse in March by the Church of England for all services, with the exception of funerals and weddings.
During that time churches have offered their parishioners other ways to pray and worship, such as through online services and virtual screenings.
Leaders have also offered support through phone conversations and encouraged their communities to stay safe and look after each other during the lockdown.
Rector of Bromsgrove, Rev David Ford, said it had been a long wait for many.
“The closure of the churches was deeply upsetting to all who needed space and quiet to reflect during the worst of the pandemic.
“Thankfully, that time has now ended and we are able to welcome again anyone who wishes to come into church for a few quiet moments of prayer and reflection.
“Different churches are open at different times, so be sure to check the day and time you plan to make a visit.”
Rev Ray Khan, Vicar of St John’s said: “Church buildings have played an important role in the lives of communities, families and individuals.
“After much preparation to ensure that buildings are safe spaces, it is a joy to be able to serve our communities again by opening up our buildings to provide a quiet space for all.”
When visiting for prayer, people are being urged to abide by social distancing rules and follow the guidance offered by notices and stewards in attendance.
Which churches are open and when….
All Saints in Burcot Lane – 11am to 1pm on Mondays and Thursdays
Christ Church in Catshill – Tuesdays from 10am to midday.
St Godwald’s in Finstall – 2pm to 4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays
St John’s in Bromsgrove – Each Saturday morning from 10am to midday.
Holy Trinity Church, Dodford, – 10am and midday each Tuesday
Bromsgrove Methodist Church, Stratford Road – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to midday.
Further announcements about the resumption of worship services will follow in due course.