Gradually we are re-opening for worship and events, please see details below. At present you should still wear a facemask, and distancing is required. Hall activities may come back on stream in line with the relevant ‘stage’ date.
As we recover activities in our buildings, know that we have worked hard to ensure that everyone who joins us is as safe as can be.
We try to keep people updated weekly via our mail list, do join up here. Please pray for all who are still affected and anxious, with these or other words:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
- Regular worship and prayer
- Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals
- Joining in prayer from home
Regular worship and prayer
Because of the small building capacity and large congregation, it’s difficult to facilitate fair access for everyone, old and new to join in. In the autumn we did this by dividing our regular congregation into four groups, and asking regulars to come only once a fortnight to an in-person service. This means that when we are open, if you are new to worshipping with us, do just come along, there will be space for you – at 9.30am or 11.15am. If you would like to let us know to expect you that would be really helpful – do call the vicarage on 455 4682 or drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org – but you can just turn up, and will be most welcome. There is Guidance for Public Worship.
For the moment our midweek Thursday worship is suspended, but the church building is open on Wednesdays from 10-11am for quiet prayer. All are welcome to drop in. Guidance for Private Prayer.
Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals
Baptisms are being rescheduled as soon as we can, and much of this summer is already full. Information is all on the Baptism page.
Weddings are now being booked again for next year – hopefully with fewer restrictions, but of course we will only know all about that as time goes on. if you would like to book or revise an existing booking, please do call the vicarage, 455 4682.
Funerals are able to be held in church (max 30 people) as well as at the crematorium (max 15 people). For those who have had to say goodbye to loved ones during these last few months we are very happy to discuss a Celebration of Life service for you at a later date – either now the churches are open again, with a small number of guests, or later after restrictions are lifted, for a larger number.
Our church hall bookings will resume when possible, in line with individual sector guidance and capacities – to keep each other safe we all need to work together with the distancing requested.
Joining in prayer from home
Our contact teams went to vast effort to ensure that all our worshipping community and many vulnerable members of our parish have been kept in touch with since last March. The re-opening of worship and activities marked a change in the pattern, but those who have appreciated the contact will not be forgotten, just because the buildings and our community reopens. If there are people who would benefit from a pastoral call, please let us know.