On Sunday 12th July, there will be two Eucharist services, 9.30am and 11.15am, in the church.
- we will continue to live stream our 9.30am Eucharist for those not able to be with us in person, and our Zoom coffee will still be running from 10.15-10.55 for anyone attending either service.
- we have identified a maximum number we are able to accommodate - we don't think we will reach that number but if we do anyone else arriving will not be able to come in, to ensure that we keep to government guidelines. We don't believe that situation will arise but if it does, we hope those individuals will join us either at a later service, or online instead.
Our PCC have agreed the following guidelines to help us all to be as safe as we can (these are subject to change):
• When you arrive in Church a sidesperson will allocate you a pew. They are there to help. If you need the toilet in Priest House before, during or after the service please speak to a sidesperson whose holds the key. Please be silent for the 5 minutes before the service begins as this is when the live stream will have started.
• Please use either your own hand sanitiser or the one provided. You're welcome to wear a facemask if you prefer.
• Orders of service will be placed in each pew. Please either take it home at the end, or place it in the bin as you leave. We can't sing aloud at the moment, but will have our prerecorded music that we can listen to and join in silently.
• Please keep the 2 metres social distancing requirement when entering and leaving the church and during worship. All readings and prayers will take place digitally, or from the Altar or chancel step. At the peace, greet one another with the words ‘peace be with you’ from your seat. Communion will be brought to you in your pew.
• Communion will be bread only. The wafers will be kept in a closed container until distribution. The priest will sanitise their hands again before distribution and wear a face covering as they give communion. The wafer will be dropped into your hands. If you are not receiving communion please bow your head and you will be blessed from a distance.
• Children/young people must remain with their family in their pew at all times. Activity bags will be provided for them to use during the service and they will receive a bar of chocolate at the end as usual! At present we are not allowed to have a serving team - we will let you know when this is possible.
• We will keep a register of people present at each service for 21 days for track and trace purposes. If you are a regular member of the congregation, we will record your name. If you are a visitor we will need a contact number. If you have any questions, please ask the sidesperson on duty.
• The church will be cleaned after each service using the government and Church of England cleaning guidelines.
At the end of the service, please stay in your seats until the organ music is finished and the live stream has finished. The sidespeople will then give you instructions as to how to leave.
Thank you for you patience with us at this unusual time.
Please check back regularly for updates to these procedures.
We would dearly love to return to celebrating our usual services with you however our priority has been, and must remain, keeping you our congregation, as well as our clergy and village, as safe as we can.
If you have any queries or concerns, or are in need of any support at this time, please contact Rev'd Ann on 01277821366.