Services during lockdown

Published on Thursday 7 January 2021

Dear Friends,

In consultation with the Church Wardens, Standing Committee and staff we have decided to continue to offer our regular pattern of worship during the current lockdown.

We have updated our risk assessment and there are two areas which I would like to draw your attention to:

  • We are re-introducing 2m social distancing between pews. (You do not need to book a ticket to come to church because with four services we think that everyone who would like to will be able to find a seat.)
  • Only one member of the clergy will be taking any service. This means that Nils and I significantly reduce the risk of infecting each other. It also means that whoever is not in church will be joining the streamed services on line and able to offer pastoral care to those who are attending our services on Zoom (unless we are covering for colleagues or on leave).

The new risk assessment will be available on our Website later today if you would like to read it.

As well as trying to ensure the continuity of our services we also hope that the presence of one of the clergy on Zoom will emphasise that we consider either coming to church in person or attending online to be of equal value. In addition, we strongly encourage anyone who is in a priority group for the vaccine not to come to church in person and to access services online.

Can I thank those of you who have offered your support for continuing to offer public worship by volunteering for key roles. I will now be passing your offers onto the volunteer co-ordinators who will be in touch.

If you are down to help with a service in the next few weeks and would prefer to stay at home, please get in touch with your rota organiser and we will find someone else to take on the role temporarily.

If you are planning to continue to come to church in person can I remind you of the government advice about mingling both inside and outside the church.

'when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus,'

We will continue to review the situation and keep you updated.

Yours in Christ

Mandy


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