Coming back to church on Sundays!
Here is a short video to show you how we have changed to make our building and worship COVID SECURE.
TO VIEW OUR FIRST SERVICE BACK IN CHURCH, ON SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU RETURN TO CHURCH
ALL THE CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE TO MAKE US COVID SECURE.
But please remember the virus is till out there.
There is NO vaccine and no cure.
“I rejoiced when I heard them say ‘Let us go to God’s house’. “
Psalm 122 : 1-2
Alison and I are delighted to be able to welcome you back into our beautiful church building for Sunday morning Eucharist, beginning on 2nd August – the Feast of the Dedication of our Church (4th August 1883).
This letter will help you understand what you can expect in light of the changes that we are required to make at church in response to the Government and Church of England guidelines.
The virus is still active and out there, so we are taking all the precautions you might expect to keep us all safe when we gather.
Everyone coming to church will be wearing a face-covering or mask. If you have your own, please wear one. Masks are available for those who do not yet have one.
There will be 4 trained Welcomers on duty, two outside the building, and two inside.
Entrance to church will be via the SW Porch, so that we can set up a one-way system within the building, allowing people to exit via the Tower Door. Anyone needing to enter church using the access ramp at the Tower Door can do so.
We are allowed a Maximum of 40 members of the congregation. Please read the instructions below if you would like to be in the congregation.
We have removed some of the pews to allow for correct physical distancing in church
The service will be paperless, with all the words of the liturgy on the screen.
There will definitely be music, but sadly no singing is permitted.
Everyone will remain in their places either seated or standing for the entire service.
Communion will be brought to each person, in their place, by the priest. This will be in the form of bread only, and obviously you can remove your mask to consume it.
After the service, we will leave by the Tower Door.
Currently there are no refreshments being served, but we will think about beginning to do this in September.
Everyone is welcome to gather outside in the garden, physically distanced, for a chat afterwards.
Unfortunately there will not be any children’s groups until October, neither are we permitted to have any toys or books available in church for general use. Please do bring your own books and quiet toys if you are bringing children with you.
The service will be recorded and live-streamed on our Facebook page, so that those who prefer to join us from home can still do that. No congregation members will be seen on the screen.
Since we can only have 40 members of the congregation on any one Sunday, we need to put plans in place to make sure we do no exceed that number and have to turn anyone away.
Certainly for this first Sunday back in church, we need to give priority to those who are regular worshippers, and would like to be together in church again.
So if you would like to join us, please reply to either Alison or I, and let us know.
We will be ringing everyone who does not have email on Monday or Tuesday, so that no-one is forgotten.
Thank you for all you are doing to encourage one another, and support us. For one final time, worship will come from our homes on Sunday 26th, and then we look forward to seeing most of you in church as the weeks go on.
Angie and Alison.
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