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Re-opening a building for worship 

We’re thrilled to announce that we are now in a position to open a building for worship.  (NB the church (ie gathering of God’s people in this place) has never been shut, however our church building has.)  Due to the ongoing plaster removal in the church, in the short term we will be using the Community Centre.  Once we have removed the plaster and cleaned up the church then we hope to return into the church building.
 
Our plan is to begin on Sunday 23rd August 2020.
 
Services
Initially, we shall be offering an 11.30am service of Morning Prayer in the Community Centre, alongside our current offering of a Zoom service at 9am on Sundays and continuing with the dial-a sermon (01772 963020).  
 
Once we have trialed a few Morning Prayer services, and are satisfied that we can do it safely, then we will look to put in some Communion Services.  Then our desire is to bring back a Wednesday morning service at 10am as well.
 
What will it look like?
We have produced this short video which shows what you can expect when you come to a service.  It will not be like what we are used to, and currently we are still unable to sing at services, but it will be a joy to be able to gather together in person and worship God. There is also a short explanation about what you can expect when you come to church and what we ask you to do, to help keep all of us as safe as possible which can be found here.

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Capacity
We have capacity for 18 - 25 households (depending on household sizes) at the Community Centre. Within church the capacity is 15 households maximum.  Due to these restrictions, we will therefore need to have a booking system.
 
Bookings
Bookings will be done via the website (wwweuxtonparishchurch.org).  So, if you have registered for an account then you will be able to book yourself on.  We will also be taking bookings via the phone and will have a certain number of spaces available to those who are unable to access the website.  We are going operate on a first come first serve basis. Bookings will open each week on Wednesday at 12noon (prior to the Sunday).  If possible, then please can you book directly on the website, this will keep the phone lines free for those who need to use the phone booking option.
 
Book via phone
For the first week only then phone bookings can be made by ringing me (Jo) on 01257 262102.  After that then please contact Andy Grant on 01257 231877.

Book via the website
1.Go to Sunday Services / Booking a place
2.Click on book into a service
3.Click on sign up
4. It will show as signed up.
5. You will then receive an email confirming your booking.
 
You will need a separate booking for each person from your household who wishes to come.  (If when you go back in to book the 2nd person in and there is no space then please get in touch with Jo or Andy and we will do our best to resolve it.)
 
We would like to ask that priority for bookings is for those who are currently unable to access Zoom. If by the Saturday morning there are still spaces available, then we would encourage others, who wish, to book on. 
 
If we are over-subscribed then priority the following week (after those who cannot access Zoom) will go to those who were not able to attend the week before.
 
Cancellation
If you find that you are not able to come, having booked then please go online and cancel your booking. If you have booked via phone then please ring Jo or Andy who will cancel your booking.  This will mean that we can then offer the space to another person.
 
Facemasks
Following Government guidelines, facemasks will be mandatory when we meet together.  We appreciate that some people will have medical reasons for exemptions and that is fine.  We will have some disposable facemasks available if people forget their own (for a small donation).
 
Offering
We are not able to pass around an offertory bag, but we will have a plate available for you to leave your offering when you arrive, as well as the contactless machine.  The cash will then be kept in the safe for a minimum of 72 hours before it can be counted and banked.  If possible, (and we appreciate that it is not possible for everyone), please can we encourage you to give online as this is most efficient, requires less people and carries significantly less risk too.
 
Track & trace
Following Government requirements, we must keep a list of everyone who comes to the service for 21 days. This information will be taking on booking and will be kept in accordance with GDPR.
 
Volunteers
We are really thankful to those who have helped us get to a stage where we can reopen a building for worship.  However, to be able to do this regularly we are going to need a band of willing and happy volunteers.  We will need people to:
- welcome
- register people who come 
- show people to their seats
- cleaning (wiping down key high touch surfaces) after the service
- setting up / packing away the hall.
 
If you could help in any of these areas or want to know more about the roles then please can you get in touch with Jo?  Some of the roles are before and after the service so could be done by those not attending the service.  Our prayer is that we have enough volunteers that we can have a rota of people.
 
Everything we have done might seem to be very prescriptive but we have a legal obligation to follow the Church of England and Government law and guidance, and most importantly, we want to be able to offer a space where people feel as safe as possible, given the circumstances.  We will ask you to take certain actions (eg wearing a facemask and staying in your seats where possible) but this is for the benefit of the whole group.
 
COVID-19 symptoms
If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive in the past 14 days then we ask that you do not attend.
 
If, having been to a service at the Community Centre, you develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive then please contact Jo in the first instance, and if unavailable then Andy Grant (euxtonpcc@gmail.comor 01257 231877)
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the reopening of a building for worship, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

The following information is specifically for those planning to visit us for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Most of our services take place in the Church Building (details below) starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to give you plenty of time to park your car and then find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our sidespeople who will give you everything you need for the service and show you where to sit.

After the 10am service tea, coffee and biscuits (and sometimes cake!) is served in the Community Centre. It is a great way to meet other people from church and enjoy a time of fellowship together.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from the Vicar and usually lasts about an hour. On the first and third Sundays of the month the service is Holy Communion using Common Worship. The second Sunday of the month is when we have our Family Parade Service and the fourth Sunday service is Morning Praise. Neither of these services includes Holy Communion. If there is a fifth Sunday in the month we will have an All Age Service which is often quite lively with something for everyone regardless of how many years young they are.  It's probably easiest to check the calendar to see what is on each week!

If you prefer a quieter, more traditional service then at 8am each Sunday we have a quiet BCP (1662) Holy Communion Service which lasts about 45 mins.

images: Services


Is there a dress code?

No!  Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.


What about my children?

Children are welcome at all of our services, though some are more aimed towards children and families.
2nd Sunday of the month - Parade Service at 10am in church 
4th Sunday of the month - TOAST at 9.30am & 11am in the Community Centre
5th Sunday of the month - All Age Service at 10am in church.

Wednesday's in term time - Early Birds at 9.10am in church (for pre-schoolers and their carers).


Children

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!  You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: 

There is wheelchair access to church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the sidespeople know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a toilet at the front of church with level access from outside.

 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
 
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
  
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel welcome and at home at our church.

Best Wishes

Reverend Jo