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4 April 2021: Easter SundayA computer image of a tree beside a cave with a round stone rolled away from it

Today we had a public service in the church for the first time this year. We had the same Covid-secure system as we were operating before the latest lockdown, ie numbers were limited and everyone had to book in advance, sit where they were told and wear masks. We had about fifty people, which is not far off the maximum the church can hold if social distancing is to be maintained.

In her sermon, our Rector invited us to picture the arch in the rood screen as the entrance to Jesus’ tomb and to picture His followers arriving to look in. The two men, Peter and John, look in but only see the empty tomb. It is the women who look in and see the two angels.

And it is only when Mary Magdalene turns to address the person she believes to be the gardener that she recognises him as Jesus. We have to turn to Jesus in order to truly know Him.

After the service we were able to chat outside in small groups before making our ways home. I spoke to one of our choir members whose father died last week after three weeks in hospital (but not with Covid) .

At the beginning of the first lockdown we established a list of vulnerable church members and agreed who should keep in regular contact with whom (and, yes, we did make sure we complied with GDPR). I was able to tell the Rector about the deteriorating health of two people on my list whom I telephoned this morning. It is sad to see how they have both gone down over the last year, although that is the result of advancing age rather than the restrictions.

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