Christmas is not Restricted!

"Gov due to lift restrictions on church services over Christmas." (1)

So ran the headlines on Premier Christian Radio's website on Sunday 22 November 2020. As the national lockdown in England is due to come to an end on the 2 December 2020, we can now look forward to once again being afforded the right to legally meet in a Church building with a gathered congregation. That's great! However, I confess it was frustrating to have to go to a Christian website to find this out rather than being able to discover it on some of our national news websites. The BBC for example, in contrast to Premier Radio had the headline: "Covid-19: Christmas get-together plan backed by UK nations." with a subheading that read: "Gymns and all shops to reopen after English lockdown." (2) Would there be anything at all about churches being allowed to worship, I wondered? Well yes, more than halfway down and in a single paragraph of 4 lines! Symbolic I guess, of just how secularised we have become as a Nation and how marginalised we the Church of God have become in this nation.

Still, the BBC did at least do us the service of drawing attention to a letter sent by a cross-party group of MPs and peers asking the Prime Minister to guarantee that church services will go ahead this Christmas after the current lockdown restrictions end. Those peers and MPs graciously pointed out to the Prime Minister that ever since reopening in the Summer of 2020, "Churches have shown they are capable of introducing social distancing and following Government guidance" observing that the Government's own Chief Medical Officer has said that "there is no evidence of places of worship contributing to the spread of the virus." (3)