Dear Church Family,
As many of you will be aware, next Sunday (5th July) will see the easing of lockdown measures for churches across the country. This is wonderful news for us all, albeit wrapped in caution given what we have been through over the last three months.
The Parish Leadership Team met on Thursday to discuss how we will approach the re-opening of our churches safely. The general air of the meeting was positive but cautious. We are not obliged to re-open in July if we don’t want to and we must stick to social distancing and hygiene measures for the foreseeable future. We also acknowledged the positive effect that live-streaming has had on the wider community and the sense of ‘One Parish’ and it was agreed that this will remain a part of how we offer worship indefinitely. The operation of the Food Hub at St Peter’s will continue in its current 6-day a week format until the end of August. With all this in mind, I am delighted to be able to report that we have agreed we will begin by offering the following:
From 5th July 2020
A live-streamed service of Morning Worship from St Peter’s Church at 9.30 am on Sundays.
Those involved in the service will be allowed to attend. This means that Fr Tony or I will be joined by those reading the Bible passages, the intercessors, preachers, and (potentially) a musician. No other congregation members will be allowed to attend during July.
All Saints’ Church will be open between 10 am and 12 noon every Saturday morning for private prayer. Adults only, otherwise all are welcome but you must adhere to social distancing and hygiene procedures. Limited numbers will be permitted in the building at any one time. No toilet facilities will be available.
In August 2020
A live-streamed service of Morning Worship from St Peter’s Church at 9.30 am on Sundays. A limited number of people will be able to attend – under current guidelines this will be no more than 30 people and further guidance will follow when we can share it.
Children’s Church will resume in some form, using alternate venues and outdoor spaces. Times and locations will be confirmed by the Children’s Church team.
A Service of Holy Communion at All Saints Church at 9.30 am on WEDNESDAYS will be offered to a congregation of up to 15 people.
All Saints’ Church will continue to be open for private prayer on Saturdays in August between 10 am and 12 noon.
In September 2020
A live-streamed service of Morning Worship from St Peter’s at 9.30 am on Sundays. A limited number of people will be able to attend – under current guidelines this will be no more than 30 people but we hope this will be reviewed so we might open up the hall to provide more seating. Further details as we can share them.