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The four day Easter bank holiday weekend is almost here, however across the UK it will be a second Easter spent in lockdown. There are restrictions on socialising, leaving home and which businesses are open, with the Government cautiously easing rules in stages.
Easter Sunday falls on April 4, just more than a week away, with bank holidays on Good Friday, April 2 and Easter Monday, April 5.
While weekends away are still off the cards, many Brits may be preparing for the occasion with chocolate Easter eggs, lavish Sunday dinners and hot crossed buns.
Foremost Easter is a Christian celebration, with church services to commemorate the death and subsequent rising of Jesus.
However, lockdown rules may mean many have to celebrate at home, with some churches showing live services.
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Can you go to church on Easter Sunday? How many people can go?
Churches are permitted to open for communal worship, however, they must undergo an assessment to determine how many people can enter at one time.
The government guidelines currently state:
The number of individuals or households permitted in a place of worship at any one time will be dependent on the size of the building and ability to socially distance therein.
In terms of communal worship, the advice is:
Limits for communal worship should be decided on the basis of the capacity of the place of worship following an assessment of risk.
Whether you can attend church on Easter Sunday is dependent on how your church has decided to apply the rules.
Check your church’s website or social media pages for more information, or look below for more information on churches offering live-streamed services on a weekly basis.
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Many churches are offering live-streams for the congregation to be part of mass without leaving home.
This includes services for
- Palm Sunday, March 28,
- Maundy Thursday, April 1
- Good Friday, April 2,
- Holy Saturday, April 3
- Easter Sunday, April 4
- Easter Monday, April 5
For example, St Mary of the Angels Church in Worthing, West Sussex is live streaming Palm Sunday mass from 8.30am.
Other options include
Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham, which began live-streaming its Masses in December 2020. These can be viewed on YouTube here.
Also live-streaming its Masses is St Mary Magdalen church in Ipswich, which can also be viewed on YouTube.
St Mary’s Thetford is live streams on Youtube at 10am on Sunday mornings. Find their page here.
St Michael’s Huntingdon streams live on Facebook and YouTube via the parish website. You can also access their services via a smart TV by going to YouTube and searching for St Michael’s Parish Huntingdon.
You can also use ChurchServices.tv to look for live stream masses, with a host of churches sharing their live stream links.
Follow this link here to see a schedule of services to come.
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