COVID-19 Period Updates
Due to the COVID-19 crisis we have had to close all of our buildings.
We are holding a regular Sunday morning service on Zoom at 9.00 am. Use the contact us form
or get in touch with Jo, our Vicar, if you would like us to send you details of how to join us. You will be very welcome.
Due to the pandemic and buildings being closed Sunday services, mid-week meetings, small groups, prayer groups, and JAM club are not meeting as per usual.
We encourage church members NOT
to meet up over this time period, but stay in touch via phone, texts, skype, facebook and other social media platforms.
Any church members (or indeed any member of the public) who is in particular difficulty should contact Jo, and we will see what we can do.
For those who can't join us by zoom we have set up dial-a-sermon. It's about 10 mins long and includes a Bible reading, thought and prayers. The number to ring is 01772 963020.
The Church of England has also launched Daily Hope line - 0800 804 8044.
Latest on church buildings opening - 31st July
The Standing Committee (Church Wardens, Treasurer, PCC Secretary & myself) are constantly checking and reviewing Government and Diocesan advice to see how safely and quickly we can get everyone back into the church building.
We all long for the day when we can gather together to worship again in person. Our overriding desire is that this is done in a safe manner, taking into account our building, our church family and the current guidance.
We are currently working on providing a COVID-19 safe service in one of our buildings and we hope to be able to update you with more news in the coming weeks. When we do reopen a building then we will only be able to initially open for a limited number and so zoom services and dial-a-sermon will continue until things change further.
What church will be like
The national Church and diocese are still awaiting further detail from the Government but at the moment the understanding is that things will be quite different when we return to worship in the church building. Some of the things that will be different are:
you will be shown where to sit (all socially distanced) and asked to remain in your seat for the entire service.
there will be no singing at services.
if we are allowed to do communion, it will be in one form only (bread), you won’t be able to come to the rail (we will distribute in your seats).
we will have to use one time use service sheets (no hymn books, bibles or service books) which you will have to take away with you.
you will be asked to not come early or stay after the service for conversations with others (as we need to limit the time that we are in the building and together).
numbers at church will be limited (likely to be a max of about 20 depending on household sizes) and so you might not be there with others that you normally are, we will need a system of managing numbers.
we will need to reconsider the service pattern due to limited numbers.
the toilets may be out of action.
we will not be able to serve refreshments.
everyone who comes will have to have their name and contact details taken for the track and trace record that we will be required to keep.
you will need to use hand sanitiser every time you enter and leave the building.
we will need to have the building cleaned between each service.
face masks will need to be worn in accordance with Government guidance.
I hope that this gives you some understanding as to the issues that we are considering and the measures we may have to put in place to keep us all safe. It will not be as simple as just going back to what we have always done, hence it may take some time and patience. Please do pray for us, and others making decisions.