Message from our Churchwarden Jeremy Sharp 18th July 2020

I am delighted to be able to confirm that we will be resuming services in the Church from this Sunday, 5 July.

We are expected to close the Church for 48 hours after a service to allow any infection to disperse and so as a result the building will be locked until Morning Prayer on Tuesdays.  But given that this service is thinly attended, we feel we can treat it more as private prayer than public worship and as a result we feel we can leave the church open afterwards, having wiped surfaces before departure. Therefore, it will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from approximately 09.30 am until 6.00pm. It will be open for cleaning only on Saturday mornings.

 

Joachim and our new Curate, Paul, will take Parish Communion at the usual time of 11.00am, using the familiar format, but social distancing requirements and other COVID-19 related restrictions mean that we have to vary many of our other practices. The main changes will be:

  • Everyone will be asked to use hand sanitiser or to wash their hands on arrival and before leaving,
  • Every family group or individual member of the congregation must sit at least two metres apart and so you may not be able to sit in your normal pew (!),
  • We are not permitted to sing at the moment,
  • We will follow a one way system when going to the altar for Communion,
  • Readings will be given by clergy, pew bibles will not be available and so if you wish to follow the readings please bring your own,
  • There must be no physical contact and therefore the usual sharing of the Peace is not permitted,
  • We are obliged to record and hold the names, telephone numbers and post codes of everyone attending the service for 21 days in case anyone present falls sick,
  • There will be no passing of the collection bag; there will be a plate at the back of the church instead,
  • In theory we are allowed to serve coffee after services and we are working on this; but for the first week at least, people might consider bringing a thermos and meeting outside.
  • We are not allowed to use the children’s area.

The wearing of masks is not deemed to be necessary, but of course you are free to wear one if you wish. 

 

We want to welcome everyone but the authorities are anxious to emphasise that the over-seventies and people in high risk groups should make their own decisions on whether to attend.

 

Looking ahead, we will resume the 9.00am service of Morning Prayer from Tuesday 7 July.

 

There will be a service at 11.00am every Sunday from now on (not sure about the 5th Sunday yet, though). Sadly as a result of the practical difficulties arising from of having more than one service in Church a day, we will not be able to have Evensong for the time being.

 

The intended pattern of services is as follows:

 

First, second and fourth Sundays - Holy Communion

Third Sunday - Service of the Word or Matins.

 

The Zoom and recorded services will continue for the time being.

 

Finally, I am sure that you will appreciate that circumstances can change very quickly, so please forgive me if I contact you again soon to say that everything has changed!

 

Please free to contact me if you have any queries,

 

With best wishes to everyone,

 

Joe

 


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