andyorgan Posted July 26, 2009 Share Posted July 26, 2009 Here in darkest deepest Dorset, we sometimes seem blissfully unaware of events in the events in the large towns and cities up and down the country. So it was with great surprise that the effects of swine flu finally reached us this morning in church. No wailing and gnashing of teeth, no bodies being carried out in services, not even any cough/sneeze fits by members of the congregation. Instead, much more devastating and far reaching consequences... No physical contact in the church!! Much to the delight of the older brigade in the church, the hugging/kissing/shaking hands at the peace has been disbanded temporarily while the spread of the disease is brought under control. Those who have feared this part of the service since its introduction and have tried by legal means to not be part of it, have finally succeeded. So, what we had instead was the bizarre ritual of people turning to each other and 'waving' the peace. We all had to wash our hands in an alcohol rub on the way in, and the chalice was abandoned in favour of the free church tradition of tiny plastic glasses, courtesy left over from village street fair yesterday, and coffee had to be served in polysterene cups, so there could be no chance of infection. Anyone else any bizarre experiences of the flu? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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