Dear parishioners and friends,

It was wonderful to see Monkstown church reopened for public worship last Sunday morning for our first service together since lockdown began. Our sincere thanks to all who worked so hard behind the scenes to put everything in place to allow us reopen safely and carefully. For the months of July and August we will continue to hold our Sunday service at 10:45 and our Wednesday morning service at 10:45 also. The monthly service in Carrick Manor will begin again when we have clearance from Carrick Manor’s management committee. For all services in the church we will continue to follow carefully all health advice and our own protocol for church use.

Please remember when attending church to sanitize you hands using the dispensers at the main door, to follow carefully the directions of the churchwardens or stewards as to where to sit and to fill in the contact tracing slip on your service sheet. Service sheets are placed in the pews ready for your use in designated seating areas. Please do not sit in ‘closed pews’ or in undesignated area. A careful observation of the guidelines and directions given are necessary to ensure safety for all our worshippers.

We hope to produce an August edition of Monkstown Voice and we invite you to send in articles and photographs for the magazine. The deadline is Wednesday 15 July at 5:00pm and contributions can be emailed to me directly at The Church of Ireland Gazette for the months of April and July have just been delivered to us and may be collected by subscribers at the back of the church.

Other news is rather thin on the ground this week so excuse the brevity of this week’s letter! Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another and contact me if you need me.

With love, prayers and my very best wishes,