The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, has welcomed the lifting of most restrictions in the UK from July 19.
Bishop Mullally chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group. She said the church was still awaiting new government advice for places of worship and said the church will adapts its guidance accordingly.
She paid tribute to the sacrifices of many amid the pandemic as the Prime Minister outlined plans to lift most restrictions from July 19.
“Over the past 18 months we have mourned the tens of thousands who have died from Covid-19.”
“We have also all made sacrifices and seen previously unimaginable changes to our way of life as we sought to protect one another and especially those who are most vulnerable,”she said.
“In churches that has meant unprecedented restrictions on the way we practise our faith itself, affecting our ability to meet together, to sing together and to celebrate the sacraments together, all of which are at the heart of our worship,” she added.
Bishop Mullally said she has been “inspired by the way churches have risen to the challenge, finding new ways of gathering to worship God, reach out and serve their neighbours in these difficult times.”
She also paid tribute to NHS workers and others on the front line of social care. “And I would also like to highlight the sacrifices, often overlooked, made by children and youngpeople to protect us all for so long during such a formative time in their lives,” she added.