Alnwick parish church to mark first anniversary of Covid lockdown

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St Michael’s Church in Alnwick is supporting a National Day of Reflection to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.

The aim of the National Day of Reflection is to give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and show support for families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

The #DayOfReflection has been proposed by Marie Curie in partnership with other organisations.

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St Michael’s Church will therefore be open from 10am to 2pm for private prayer and reflection on Tuesday, March 23 – one year on since the UK was first placed in lockdown.

Rev Paul Scott at St Michael's Church in Alnwick.Rev Paul Scott at St Michael's Church in Alnwick.
Rev Paul Scott at St Michael's Church in Alnwick.

It will also offer a short service of prayer at 10:50am, which will end with the national minute silence at noon.

Rev Paul Scott, Vicar of St Michael’s, said: “As the parish church of Alnwick we support the National Day of Reflection.

"The church is here for everyone, and we stand with all who are grieving the loss of friends, relatives or other impacts of the pandemic.

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"All are welcome to drop into the church on Tuesday for quiet reflection, to light a candle, or to join in a short time of prayer.”

As the church tower is currently undergoing repair work, access will be via the entrance known as the Duke’s Door.

Social distancing rules will be observed - including wearing of masks.

The opening of the church in this way is in compliance with current lockdown regulations.

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