Following recent government announcements and newly published guidance from the Church of England, we are delighted to be able to announce that as from Monday 15 June 2020 our church is now open for individual prayer.
Accordingly, we have separated off the chancel area of the church (the area nearest the high altar) for individual prayer, and this will be open daily from around 9.30am until around 3pm. The area is lit and we are hoping also to be able to play some reflective music to aid prayer. Access to this area is by the small side door at the east end of the church (a little way up Church Lanes), and not by the main entrance, which remains closed to access. All areas of the church apart from the chancel also remain closed, including the kitchen and toilets.
The chancel area has been arranged so that there are four individual prayer stations (each 2 metres apart from the others) indicated by the positioning of the seats and kneelers. Hence a maximum of four people are allowed in the chancel for individual prayer at any one time. Should the area be full, please do wait for a few minutes outside or come back a little later.
We would advise that at the moment we are unable to allow candles to be lit.
Please be aware of hygiene and physical distancing measures, including the critical importance of using the hand sanitizer both going in and going out of the church building. This is available just inside the entrance.
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.
In the meantime, wherever you are, please do continue to listen to our Morning Worship podcasts. We also now have available a weekly Stepping Stones Story Time podcast which you are most welcome to listen to as well.
The House of Bishops has advised that from 15 June funerals may be carried out in church buildings. If you would like to discuss your options for a funeral, please in the first instance speak to me by phone or email (01328 862268 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Updates as to further progress in opening the church will be posted on the website regularly. If you wish to speak to me in person please phone or email me (01328 862268 or email@example.com). If you have an administrative query please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francis Mason, Rector