This year has certainly changed the idea of normality for everyone for so many reasons and provided difficult times and challenges for individuals, groups, businesses and communities both globally and locally. Barrow seems to have risen to the challenge of making the best of the situation and working within the ever-changing guidelines to still provide community events and support people and businesses.
With that in mind Holy Trinity has adapted with Zoom services, Zoom social events, opening for private prayer and reflection and now the commencement of services in line with Government and Church of England regulations, within the Benefice of Barrow and Wolds Group of churches.
As we swiftly move through 2020 we are already working towards organising the 2020 Christmas Tree Festival, being mindful that COVID19 could still cause regulations to be changed. At present we have worked out a safe one-way system through the church, more time and space to view trees and plan booking time slots for people to set up trees safely and possibly extending some of the festival outside of the Church. Alongside this we are also planning a back-up plan of a virtual Christmas tree festival or a walk around the village beginning and finishing up at Holy Trinity. We are trying to be as inventive as possible and we hope there will be a few surprises up our sleeves!
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold the usual concerts but we plan to extend the dates of the festival to increase the time for public viewing, this year between Saturday 28th November and finishing with the Christingle service on Sunday 6th December. As always it is free to donate a tree, we just love to see as many as possible from all areas of the Barrow community.
We really hope that we can make this another successful community event and something to look forward to in the lead up to Christmas; both uplifting and spiritual. Please look out for letters and emails in the coming months regarding donating trees and if you have any have any enquiries regarding the festival, please message the Holy Trinity facebook page @HolyTrinityBarrow. Stay safe and healthy!