The Anglican Parish of Mount Vincent, Kurri Kurri and Weston has resumed worship services and reopened its op-shop following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Parish priest Mother Theresa Angert-Quilter said it was a joy to see parishioners when services at the three churches resumed on June 14.
"We are operating under strict social-distancing and hygiene guidelines which allow these services to go ahead," she said.
"Worship practices have changed to take account of the situation, with communion being taken by bread alone with minimal human involvement, use of the common cup of communion wine suspended, and congregational singing not permitted, to minimise any chance of spreading the virus.
"Other services such as funerals and weddings are also available, but under different regulations, as the government gradually relaxes provisions. We are happy to talk to families about these arrangements."
Weekend services are held at St Paul's Church, Kurri Kurri on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 8am; St Mary's Weston on Sunday at 9am, and Christ Church Mount Vincent on Sunday at 10am.
Weekday worship has also resumed.
The parish op shop in Second Street, Weston has also recommenced trading.
Op shop supervisor Ray Mulcahy thanked their loyal customers and generous donors.
"We know people have been waiting for our shop to reopen, and we now have ample stock to meet the winter needs of our community," he said.
"The shop has been thoroughly cleaned and rearranged to allow safe access, and thanks to some generous corporate donors we have been able to upgrade our store furniture.
"After nearly three decades of service to the local community, our volunteers were keen to resume trading."
The op shop is open for business on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 3pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon.
- Contact your local church for service details.