12 Jan Sadly Church Services suspended till end of February
** Important COVID update**
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce that our church services in our church buildings will not happen during the current lockdown (Please see below for more details).
Many of our friends and neighbours are journeying through the pain of lockdown and we want you to know that the church is alongside you. Please all look out for those around you, especially the isolated and vulnerable and let them know that help, care and prayerful support is available.
This DOES NOT affect funerals, they will continue to be held in our church buildings.
Our building might be closed, but the church is very much still active and hopeful for the future an on-line weekly services will be available on Zoom. Details to follow.
Keep safe everyone!
Revd Rob x
Some of you will know that the Joint PCCs of our two parishes met via Zoom last night together with input from those unable to join in. I apologise that some of you already have this information, but it is important that we all try to ensure everyone knows the decision taken. Please share this with others, especially those not on the internet.
Although in the present lockdown places of worship may stay open for public worship, the requirements are tougher than before in order to do so safely and guidance from the Diocese / Church of England states that though communal worship may take place it does not necessarily mean that it should if circumstances make this difficult.
There was an overwhelming majority at yesterday’s meeting agreeing that our churches be closed for communal worship for the time being. No services will be held in any of our churches till the end of February, though this decision will be reviewed one month from now and subsequently as we monitor the situation and restrictions in place.
Some of the reasons leading to this decision are:
- The difficulty of ensuring that social distance of 2 meters is maintained at all times, especially when people are moving in and out of buildings
- The difficulty of ensuring that there is NO mingling between households in or near churches
- The increased demand for cleaning and increased risk for those undertaking same
- The risk to service leaders some of whom have additional restrictions in their personal circumstances
- The inescapable fact that the majority of our congregations fall into the higher risk age category
- The recognition that it feels uncomfortable to be able to gather, however carefully, when this is not possible in most other contexts. While recognising that our spiritual needs must be met, we have no wish to be perceived as a special case, rather we need to stand alongside those in our communities for whom restrictions on activities and livelihoods is significant and damaging.
There will be a weekly Sunday service at 10.30am via Zoom and the possibility of some weekday online Morning prayer and social meeting online. More information coming soon.
It is possible that some of our churches will remain open for private prayer. Before this happens Churchwardens need to agree this with Rev Rob and set in place new risk assessments / notices for the public etc.
Do please share this information with others.
With kind regards
[Margaret Brough, Reader]