Community meets in Skipton to reflect on coronavirus pandemic


The SKIPTON community gathered yesterday (Sunday) to reflect on the coronavirus pandemic, to thank those who have done essential work and also to look to the future.

Several community representatives including Mayor Councilor Karen McIntrye; Janet Gregory of Skipton Step into Action, and Michaela Rayner of Skipton Foodbank, read passages during the busy service at Holy Trinity Church.

Led by the Rector of Skipton, Reverend Canon Dr James Theodosius, the service, which was also broadcast live on the church’s website, was supported by Reverend Andrew Webb of St Andrew’s, Skipton, and Bishop Andrew Summersgill of St Stephen’s RC Church.

Other people who did readings were GP Liz Leigh, Wes Bond of Beanloved cafe and Skipton Girls student Isabella Theodosius.

They included the words of Her Majesty The Queen, read by Cllr McIntrye, delivered by the Queen at Easter 2020, when she thanked everyone on the front lines of the NHS, as well as caregivers and those in essential roles to selflessly continue their duties for the good of the nation.

There was also Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s words calling for the world to come together as one family, read by Wes Bond of Beanloved.

Student Isabella Theodosius read “The Character of Hope,” while Lesley Tate, of the Craven Herald, read anonymous lines written in the church’s remembrance book during the first coronavirus lockdown.

After the service Reverend Theodosius said it was wonderful to see so many people come together and how the service showed how strong the community is in Skipton. He also thanked everyone who had come to read or participate in the service on such a humid Sunday afternoon.

The service’s goal was to mark the end of the last 18 months of the pandemic. This included the presence in the church for eight days, until Thursday, November 4, of four special prayer stations inside Holy Trinity Church.

Dr Theodosius said the idea of ​​the prayer stations was for anyone in the community to follow, and both to remember and honor those who have been lost to the pandemic, and also to thank the families and key workers, such as nurses, doctors and all those in the emergency services.

He said: “It has been incredibly difficult over the past 18 months and many of us have suffered significant loss and grief as well as incredible testimonies of love, care and human compassion.

“It is so important that we mark this time as a community, as individuals, families and institutions, and honor all that we have been through and continue to navigate as well as look to the future with hope.”

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