Church services update

We are delighted to again welcome people to our services!! We aim to follow the appropriate guidelines so please be guided by the churchwardens and the notices in church. Currently, face coverings are required. We trust that our arrangements will be relatively easy to follow and enable us to gather as the Body of Christ in our community without placing anyone in danger. We shall continue to refine our plans as the weeks go by in the light of further guidance and will keep you informed. Ian Dixon, Churchwarden

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

We have been asked by the Diocese to ensure that our Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place by the end of October 2020 and that this should be a physical meeting unless completely unavoidable. Since we are now able to use the church for services, it is our intention to hold a short APCM after the morning service on Sunday 18th October 2020; this should be around 11.00am.

These meetings are somewhat of a formality and we aim to produce the official report over the next few days and this will be available on the church website. If you need to have a printed copy, please let a churchwarden know and we can organise something for you.

In order to vote at the meeting you must be on the current Electoral Roll so, if you are not or if you are unsure, please check with Viv Durne on 01435 865682 as she is currently updating the Roll.

This is a formal requirement of the Church of England so we hope that as many of you as possible can attend the meeting and ensure that due process is observed!

Under current guidelines, we shall be using face coverings, but can socially distance ourselves when delivering any reports. Hopefully, the availability of an advanced copy of the report will keep this aspect to a minimum.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please advise Ian Dixon – 01435 813363

RETURNING TO CHURCH

Church Opening during the week – Revised 19/7/2020  

We are pleased that we are able to welcome you to our churches for individual prayer/ meditation or just a quiet time of reflection. 

Following a review in the light of the re-opening of church for Sunday services, we have revised the arrangements and the following arrangements will apply as from the week commencing 19 July 2020 

All Saints will be open on Monday and Friday each week from approximately 9am until 5pm and on First and Third Sundays from approx.. 11.30am to 5pm (to allow for streamed services)
St Bartholomew’s - unfortunately the decision has been taken not to open St Barts for private prayer after Wednesday, 26 August.

 We continue to organise suitable cleaning programmes. These arrangements will continue to be kept under review and amended as and when circumstances permit.  For your protection and to comply with guidelines we have drawn up a procedure as detailed below and we should be grateful if you could follow this.  

We shall continue to celebrate communion at our 8.00am services at both churches, alternately, as hitherto and our 10.00am services will be as advertised, again at alternate churches.

Naturally, all appropriate precautions will be taken to keep everyone safe and these are summarised below.

Please also note that we plan to continue “live streaming” each service so, if you are attending and would not wish to be “in view” please advise the churchwardens before the service so that this can be accommodated.

For those attending the service:

  • You will be asked to use the sanitizer at the church upon arrival and upon leaving.
  • You will also be asked to observe the 2 metre “social distancing” requirements and to sit in the pews where a label has been added to assist with this process.
  • “Households” may sit together, but please respect others need to maintain a suitable distance. We believe that common sense will prevail.
  • Please allow time for everyone to get into church (as we need to start our services promptly when live streaming), whilst maintaining the social distancing.
  • When leaving, please also recognise the need to maintain suitable distances.
  • Communion will only be offered in the first kind, that is, by taking a wafer; we shall not be taking wine from the Chalice. The process for communion will be explained by the celebrant when we shall be operating a “one way” system for approaching and returning from the altar.

We trust that our arrangements will be relatively easy to follow and enable us to gather as a body of the church once more without placing anyone in danger.

We shall continue to refine our plans as the weeks go by in the light of further guidance.

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