Above and below: St James' Church, Burton Lazars, which has opened for private prayer.
Churches open for private prayer
"It was lovely to be inside St James' Church, Burton Lazars, again on Sunday (August 2nd) for silent private prayer," writes Melton Mowbray Team Vicar, the Revd Mary Barr. "Many thanks to the team of church members who prepare the building and steward the opening times to keep everyone as safe as possible.
"St James' Church will now open on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 11.15am - 11.30am for those shielding and 11.35am - 12.15pm for those NOT shielding. So the next opening for silent private prayer will be on 16th August."
Meanwhile, The pictures below were taken at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, on Saturday, July 25th. The church is open on Saturdays for private prayer from 10am until 10.45am.
The Revd Barr said: "I'm so grateful for all the work Trish and Catherine are doing to look after the church community of St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold, and to enable the building to open for private prayer on Saturday mornings."
Above: Catherine and Trish outside St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, and below Trish and the Revd Mary Barr.
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, opened on Sunday, July 19th from 3pm until 4pm. It will open monthly on every 3rd Sunday.
Above and below: Pictures taken at St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, on Sunday, July 19th.
St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, opened up on Monday, July 13th from 10.30am until 11.30am and will open at this time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
*At the beginning of the re-opening of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, the Paschal Candle, which we would normally light at the Easter Eve service, was lit, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
The candle symbolises Jesus' resurrection and so it's appropriate that it will be lit for when the church is open for prayer, to symbolise that we look forward not only to Jesus' coming again, but also being "raised" by God from this pandemic at some point in the future. Let's pray for his light on each one of us now during this pandemic.
A prayer you could use in church:
"Almighty God, may the symbolism of this lighted candle remind us of your abundant blessings and of your Spirit's gifts of hope and new life. May we be filled with your amazing grace! Once we were in darkness, but, as the Lord's people, we know we are in the light. Help us to live as people who show others that we belong to the light; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen."
You are very welcome to come and use our buildings for quiet, personal prayer during those times. But, please be aware that, due to social-distancing, seating is limited, toilet facilities are NOT available and we would ask you to abide by our safety measures.
The re-opened St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from the outside...
... and the prayer area inside.