It may not be a full house, but Blayney's Christ Church Anglican Church will be at capacity this Sunday for the first service since coronavirus restrictions saw them all close their doors.
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The Reverend Shirley Lewis said that she was very much looking forward to holding the service on Sunday.
"We may have limited numbers but we're very keen because it has been missed by so many of our congregation," she said.
The church is limited by the government's regulations and will be able to hold 22 people in selected seating.
"We'll be marking out the seats for everyone to sit at before the day," Rev Lewis said.
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Not only will the seating be different, the taking of holy communion will also have a different spin on it.
"We'll be working on the best way to maintain social distancing over the next few days plus everyone will have their own cups," Rev Lewis said.
So keen were the parishioners to get back to the formality of a church service that the service was booked out very soon after restrictions were lifted.
The Bathurst Anglican Diocese have been broadcasting services every week via the diocese's YouTube channel, and this Sunday the video will be streamed from the Blayney service.
"That's another first for us here in Blayney," Rev Lewis said.
Although the service will be a welcome return to prayer and devotion for those attending, the post service socialising will still be limited.
"Getting together and talking with everyone after the service is very much a part of the Sunday, but at the moment we're not allowed to do that and have to essentially leave straight afterwards,' Rev Lewis said.
Rev Lewis added that the only after service interaction permitted will be in cleaning the church once the service is over.
"The congregation always cleaned up anyway but now we have to follow the cleaning regime put in place by the diocese," she said.
For those thinking about simply dropping in, unfortunately, that's out of the question.
"We're only having the one service and it's fully booked," Rev Lewis said.
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