...resuming our church services at Christ Church...
As restrictions made necessary by the Covid 19 pandemic are eased, regular Sunday and weekday worship services will resume, but NOT until at least 50 parishioners are permitted to attend - and when that is there WILL be changes in the way services are organised and conducted, compared with our pre-Covid 19 ways of doing things.
We are required to follow Government and Diocesan requirements - so that we and the wider community stay safe! - but hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to worship together, in church, and that will be great.
When services begin again, on Sundays and Weekdays the following services are expected to be held -
Sunday Eucharst - 8am, 10am (note change of time) and 5.15pm
Wednesday Eucharist - 10am
other weekday services -
Morning Prayer - Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8.30am
Meditation - Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-8pm
Healing Services - on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month, from 7.30pm
... and what are the changes?
ThereWILL be changes in the way our worship is conducted, to meet the Government and Diocesan health requirements, so that we and our whole community stay as safe and well as possible. Some of the changes may be further relaxed with time, but when services begin again please be patient and aware of the following -
hand sanitisers will be available at the church door and MUST be used by all those attending, on arrival and on leaving the church;
social distancing MUST be maintained before, during and after ALL services, including during the actual Eucharist itself; the Greeting of the Peace should not include any physical contact with others at the church - an acknowledgement with clasped hands or a slight bow is sufficient (and safer!);
services will be SAID and NOT SUNG for the foreseeable future - the organ will be played by Winton, but the Christ Church Choir is in recess for the time being, and no psalms or hymns will be sung;
numbers attending services will be carefully monitored - the total attending (not counting those conducting the service ie. the Vicar, Sacristan, Servers, Organist etc) must not exceed the allowable limit of parishioners;
a record of those attending, including contact details if necessary, will be made;
there will be no refreshments offered after any service;
those attending are encouraged to leave after the service, rather than remaining to chat with others for any period.
That might seem like a long list of restrictions - but ALL are necessary and required for the immediate future if we are to stay safe and if our worship in church is to resume and continue.... and, let's be honest, it is worshipping together that is the important part, and a few restrictions are not too great an imposition on us.
... and as soon as Diocesan and Government directions change, and as some of the restrictions listed above can be lessened or removed, then ourVicar and the Parish Council will announce further changes.
....and .... we will again be able to worship together as a faith community!