We are delighted that our church is now open for worship and individual prayer.
Sunday worship resumed on 5th July at 9.30am, with the appropriate virus safety measures in place. An encouraging number have attended and now seem reasonably at ease with the distanced seating, the need to wear masks and other necessary precautions. It may be different from our pre-pandemic services but it is nevertheless good to worship together once again. For the Code of Conduct to be used during worship, please click here.
For the time being we will continue to hold one service a week at 9.30am as this avoids the need for the complete sanitising of the seating and other surfaces in between services. We will of course ensure that this is carried out if necessary in order to accommodate baptisms, weddings and funerals. Please be assured that we will do our best to provide a safe environment for everyone who comes into church.
For the foreseeable future the podcasts of Morning Prayer (Monday – Friday) and Morning Worship each Sunday will be available via the church website for everyone to listen to wherever they may be.
The church is also open daily for personal prayer now between approximately 9.30am and 3.00pm. For this, access is through the side door by the High Altar on the south side not the usual entrance. The prayer area is in the chancel on chairs specifically spaced and it is not be possible to go into the nave. Copies of a short prayer meditation guide are available for anyone to use providing they take it home with them as we cannot have pieces of paper being left for others to use. Hand sanitiser is available for use as you enter and leave.
Anyone is welcome in the church so long as they are there for the current legally allowed purposes. However, there are certain groups who are more vulnerable including people over 70 and individuals who are extremely clinically vulnerable/shielding. Current government advice should be followed by these groups of people at all times.
I look forward to seeing you at some point in the future and we will continue to pray for our town community in the weeks ahead as we have done throughout the period of lockdown. We are thinking now of how best to adapt our services for the weeks ahead, including Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas and will do our utmost to offer ways of being alongside the community during these times. If you have any specific prayer requests you may always phone me on 01328 862268 or email email@example.com.