The Good News: from Sunday, 19th July we are able to re-open for public worship.
This means our churches can be used as they are meant to be and we can gather together – at a distance!
Risk assessments have been completed and so on but we will begin at All Saints this Sunday at 10.
The seating has been socially spaced so we have room for 55 only – once that number is reached we are full.
Please sit from the front first. Family groups can sit together. Masks are advised but optional
If you wish to receive Holy Communion you will be asked to complete a ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ form with your contact details – click here for detail of what Test, Trace, Protect is all about
click here to download your consent form.
This is because, obviously, the priest or deacon will have to come closer than two metres if you wish to receive.
You do not have to receive the sacrament and can make an act of spiritual communion if you prefer
Communion will be administered using tongs so there will be no physical contact and everyone will be asked to sanitise their hands before and after the service.
You will also be asked to disperse quickly and safely after the Mass – no coffee for a little while yet!
There will be no singing, though there will be music and we can murmur the hymns.
There will be services at All Saints on Wednesday at 10.30, Saint David’s on Thursday (17 max) and Friday at Saint John the Baptist (25 max)
Sunday 26th will see us approaching our usual pattern:
08.30 St John the Baptist
09.30 St Davids (with 40 seats)
10.00 All Saints
11.00 St John the Baptist
Evensong remains online and the Zoom at 6 continues. The ‘missing’ services will resume once staffing allows.
Which brings us to more good news – Father Mark will be licensed here at the beginning of August (though the house is not yet empty)
And Father Geoff will be priested on 6th August, the feast of the Transfiguration. Please hold them both in your prayers.
If you have a service book for Pentecost weeks 6 to 14, please bring it with you and take it away for future use. We will supply books for any without – again to be kept for future use. If they are left behind they will have to be destroyed!
The precautions remind us that the virus is still present – so take care and keep safe.
We look forward to seeing you eye to eye, if not face to face.
Father Philip and Father Geoff