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Church services return in West Norfolk after coronavirus impasse

Sixteen weeks after the last public service, and more than fourteen weeks since the Prime Minister announced the nationwide lockdown, church services resumed at two West Norfolk churches on Sunday.

And another church in the region, dating from the early 11th century will be welcoming worshippers and visitors again later this week.

St. Peter’s Church in West Lynn, and All Saints’ Church in South Lynn, both held their usual Masses at 9am and 11am respectively, with a good turnout reported at each church.

There were restrictions regarding singing and refreshments to ensure worshippers could attend safely.

Clergy, servers, and worshippers after the 11am mass at All Saints’ Church, South Lynn. Picture: SUBMITTED
Clergy, servers, and worshippers after the 11am mass at All Saints’ Church, South Lynn. Picture: SUBMITTED

Father Joshua Bell, assistant curate of St. Peter’s and All Saints’, said: “It was a great joy to gather as our church family across our two churches, to greet each other, and most importantly to receive the Eucharist together.”

The St Mary’s Church at Houghton-on-the-Hill near North Pickenham will be opening its doors again on Saturday (July 11) and then every day until the end of October from 2-4pm.

There will be a one-way entrance and no more than two groups of four or one group of six may enter the church at one time.

The seating has been stacked, items may not be touched and the guides have been fully briefed.

The church closed for lockdown just before the beginning of the Summer season and had to cancel several planned events.

It now accepts online donations and has launched a new Friends subscription scheme. These initiative had to be put on hold because of the lockdown.

For further details, visit the website at www.houghtonstmarys.org.uk.

The church dates from 1090 at the latest and has wall paintings from the same date.

Although a consecrated Church of England church it has no parish and is funded only by donations from visitors, events, lectures and gifts. It costs around £6,000 a year to keep it running.

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