Wakefield Cathedral to host first Holy Communion services in more than three months

Wakefield Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming worshippers in person for the first time this Sunday after more than three months in lockdown.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 5:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th July 2020, 5:48 pm
Wakefield Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming worshippers in person for the first time this Sunday after more than three months in lockdown.
Wakefield Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming worshippers in person for the first time this Sunday after more than three months in lockdown.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, said he was excited to announce two services of Holy Communion on Sunday morning, but stressed that digital worship will still be available.

In line with the latest Government and Public health guidelines worshippers will be asked to complete a registration slip and sanitise their hands on arrival.

In order to help maintain social distancing the number of people the Cathedral can accommodate will be much smaller due to chairs being spaced apart, and special arrangements have been put in place for the safe administration of Holy Communion.

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The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, said he was excited to announcetwo services of Holy Communion on Sunday morning, but stressed that digital worship will still be available.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, said: “We are very pleased that we can at last welcome people to worship in person at the Cathedral, especially to a service of Holy Communion. It will be wonderful to gather together again to praise God and to celebrate the Holy Communion, which is such an essential part of our life together.”

Although there will be no singing, there will be organ music during the service and some recorded music may also be played.

Worshippers can download the service sheet from the cathedral website in advance and bring it along with them. They are also encouraged to make their offering using contactless payment, or cash can be used on the collection plate available.

Public services of Holy Communion in the nave will continue on Sundays at 8am and 9.15am. And from Monday 13 July there will be daily services at 8am and 2.30pm.

Digital worship will continue to stream at 11am on Sundays and daily at 5pm.