St. George‘s Day Virtual Parade To Be Live-streamed By Christ Church, Tunstall

Christ Church, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent
to host livestreamed virtual St. George’s Day Parade and Service for Potteries North District Scouts
Christ Church in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent will be livestreaming a service for St. George’s Day on Sunday 26th April at 3pm due to the Coronavirus lockdown.
This annual event usually involves hundreds of local young people and brings the scouting family together for a parade through the streets of Tunstall and a service at Christ Church, when the story of St George is told and the various sections, beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers and leaders renew their promises.
This year things are rather different due to the current restrictions that are in place. The leadership did not simply want to cancel this event and decided to do it online instead with a service being broadcast from the Vicarage, hosted by Fr John Stather SSC, the Vicar of Christ Church Tunstall. It can be viewed live at 3pm on Sunday 26th April via YouTube at www.gandtparish.co.uk or via the Christ Church Facebook page at www.fb.com/gandtparish
This has been planned via online meetings and a number of the young people are recording videos which will then be incorporated into the livestreamed service. There will be hymns, prayers, messages from the District Commissioner and other local leaders, a presentation from Newchapel beavers and cubs, and the renewal of promises will also take place online.
“We wanted to still be able to celebrate St George’s day with our scouting family and decided that a virtual service would be a good way to bring people together from our district of Potteries North at this very difficult time.”
Dale Harrison, District Commissioner for Potteries North
“Unfortunately Christ Church is closed as a result of the Coronavirus – we have adapted by livestreaming Mass each day from the dining room at the Vicarage. I am very pleased to be able to host the St George’s Day service for Potteries North, which will enable the young people and their leaders across Stoke-on- Trent to stay connected with one another and celebrate together online”.
Fr John Stather SSC, Vicar of Christ Church Tunstall