We are delighted that our church is now open for worship and individual prayer.
We are continuing to meet for a short service of Holy Communion each Sunday morning at 9.30am and a steady number attend with the welcome addition recently of some people on holiday. With the glorious weather we enjoyed in mid September it felt as though everyone has been determined to make the most of the Indian summer before the shorter days and cooler temperatures arrive. Please be assured that we will do our best to provide a
safe environment for everyone who comes into church. Funerals continue to be allowed in church for up to thirty people although weddings and baptisms are, at the time of writing, reduced to fifteen and six respectively. This has led to a couple of families postponing their children’s baptisms which is a shame but fully understandable.
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 will remain open daily for personal prayer 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.
One essential requirement for a “Covid safe” venue, which is essentially how the church building is classified, is adequate ventilation. This means keeping the Chancel door ajar and on Sundays the main door as well. A warm coat and maybe a scarf may be recommended “Sunday best” at least for the time being. Hopefully we won’t have to resort to personal hot water bottles!
We will continue to pray for our town community in the weeks ahead as we have done throughout the period of lockdown. If you have any specific prayer requests you may always phone me on 01328 862268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At our recent Harvest themed service donations of non perishable food and household items were given to the Food Bank (via the collection point at Tesco). We will soon also have details
about Remembrance which this year will take place outside in the Market Place.