"I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the house of the Lord"
I am delighted to announce that having now received the government’s terms and conditions regarding the opening of our churches for public worship and having established that we are able to meet those terms and conditions, Holy Mass will be celebrated in our Parish Church at 10.45am on Sunday 5th July.
The feast day of our patrons Ss Peter and Paul was on Monday and so it would seem fitting that we celebrate the Sunday within the octave of their day on our first Sunday together again and you are all warmly invited to attend. However, nobody must feel in any way pressured into returning to church; all must make their own decision, and although no age restrictions have been announced there are likely to be those among you who due to shielding or vulnerability will prefer to stay away for a little longer and this decision is to be understood and respected by all.
For those who decide to attend worship, hand sanitizer will be provided and some pews will be closed off in order to maintain social distancing, which –contrary to the rules for pubs, restaurants and other places- has been set at two metres for church services. Service booklets will be placed in the open pews at the appropriate distance apart, though of course members of the same household or ‘social bubble’ may sit together. These books should be retained, taken away with you and brought back for your own use next time. Unfortunately congregational and choral singing is proscribed for the time being, though a cantor may sing and the organ may be played. Refreshments are not permitted; face coverings are optional.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday and I also respect the decision of any who prefer to stay away for the time being, but whether you intend to be there or not please do pass the word so that those who do not receive this message are made aware that we will be open and can make their own choice.
God bless you all
Thanks to our supporters, benefactors and helpers, the church has acquired, among many new features, an assembly room and a magnificent historic organ, on which visiting international organists have performed. Our work continues. Our thanks go to all those whose support and generosity have enabled our church to flourish. On their behalf we would like to invite you all to visit Eye and its magnificent church… and to stay awhile to sample its worship, music and its welcome.
Services & Events
July 1 - 2020
A message from Archbishop Justin Welby on churches reopening for public worship
TO AID YOUR DEVOTIONS
THE CHURCH SHOP IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS
It is not such a rare thing these days to find a shop inside a Church building, but it probably was quite a radical move when Eye Church Shop was first opened over 25 years ago. The shop has always opened using volunteer help – and the passion to keep it open has waxed and waned over the years.