In the Spring Barrow Voice issue, I wrote an article about the Rev Watts of Holy Trinity and I thought I would follow it up to see how carrying out his role has been affected by the virus and lockdown.
He told me that he has been in Barrow for a year now and believes that he suffered symptoms of Covid-19 in early March, so he was self-isolating before everyone else went into lockdown.
One of the most challenging issues, he says, has been faced by grieving families who haven’t been able to be with loved ones. Grandparents have died and families have been unable to attend funerals; grandchildren have been born and families have been unable to hold and cuddle them. He says that it has also been difficult for couples who have planned their weddings and had to delay them indefinitely.
Clive believes that there have been some benefits coming from this health crisis: parishioners from the four churches have come to know each other better and are working closer together as they worship as a Zoom community and he has been heartened by how people have rallied together and supported each other socially, emotionally and spiritually – if remotely.
Rev Clive is hoping that by the time you read this in September, normal church services will have resumed (with social distancing).