Opening Up Our Church Services

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The church PCC met this week and agreed a plan (subject to any changes Boris might bring in!) for opening up our church services this term. We want to see church begin to feel a bit more like it did before the pandemic, particularly with singing, children’s groups and teas and coffees after the services. However, with Covid rates still high despite the vaccines, we want to make sure church is a place where vulnerable people feel then can safely attend too.

With this in mind, when attending services please continue to wear face coverings unless exempt, sanitise regularly and maintain distancing and congregate outside buildings to chat, if possible. Please continue to book a slot for your household to attend the St John’s 10.30 service – we have now increased the capacity for this service to 30 households, which will hopefully allow most people the opportunity to attend at least fortnightly if they would like to. You do not need to book for our 9.30am Midweek Communion at St John’s, nor the 9am St Mary’s service on Sunday mornings.

From this Sunday we will restart our YouTube services online for those who prefer to worship from home for whatever reason. From next Sunday, the 26th September, we will have some songs for singing – please join in, but with face coverings on and we hope to serve communion in two kinds – with the wafer dipped in wine for those who would like to receive. Teas and coffees will be served after our Sunday services from this time too. From the 3rd October, at St John’s we hope to have a Toddler church option in the hall (toddlers attending with a parent or carer), as well as one other group for young primary-aged children (children attending on their own). These places will need to be booked so we can manage the capacity at the hall. We will also continue to provide “fidget bags” for children who remain in services at both St John’s and St Mary’s. From the 10th October we hope to restart our afternoon 4pm Family Church service, open to all but particularly aimed at families with older primary-aged children. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we enter this next season – I look forward to seeing you online or in person soon!

David Maclure