The Government has now announced further measures which allow Churches, if they so wish, to conduct certain Services in Church with effect from Saturday 4th July 2020, subject to compliance with the appropriate guidelines. Consequently the Church will be open for Mass each Sunday, commencing on Sunday 12th July 2020.
To accommodate all those who may wish to attend, there will be two Said Masses:
9.30 a.m. for those whose surnames begin with the letters A to J inclusive
10.30 a.m. for those whose surnames begin with the letters K to Z inclusive
Each Service will last for approx. 35 – 40 minutes.
Signs reminding attendees of the procedures to be followed are placed inside the entrance to the Church.
The wearing of Masks will be a matter of personal choice but these will NOT be provided. Gloves should NOT be worn, since they may be a source of
transmission of the virus, but hand sanitizing on entry and exit MUST be observed.
To comply with Government ‘Test and Trace’ procedures names and contact details of attendees will be required.
There will be NO printed matter – e.g. Hymn Books, Mass Books etc. – available. There will be NO access to either the Toilets or the Kitchen Area.
Opening Times for Private Prayer
The Church will continue to be open for Private Prayer only at the following times:
Wednesdays – from 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Fridays – from 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Pastoral Letter from Fr. Andrew Howard, our Vicar
18 March 2020
Dear Church Family Member
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of self-control. (2 Timothy 1.7)
I feel the urge to write to you to assure you of my prayers as we experience this unprecedented crisis caused by the effects of the Coronavirus. It is a very sad time indeed, when we are asked to suspend all public worship and can no longer gather together in Christian fellowship or partake of the Sacraments of the Church. It is especially heart breaking when we know that we will not be able honour Christ in our corporate journey through Holy Week and Easter. There is a sense, however, in all that we are now having to endure is our own journey into the hard place, but ours is a resurrection faith and we remain confident that Christ can transform the very worst into the very best. That is the message of the Cross, it is the meaning of all those Easter celebrations we shall sadly be missing out on in the time that lies ahead.
I shall continue to say Morning and Evening Prayer and encourage you to go on offering prayers in your own way, as we await a return to some kind of normality. Church will also be open at those times when we would normally hold a Mass, for people to offer their own prayers and to light a candle, etc, but this of course can only be on a personal basis; nothing can happen in either a corporate or congregational way.
As your Parish Priest, I remain available for your spiritual and pastoral care and support, and for practical help too. You must be sure to make contact with me, if there is absolutely anything you need. I am particularly concerned about those members of our congregation who have no immediate family or neighbours to call on, who could all too easily find themselves in the precarious position of having little by way of food and supplies. This is not to exaggerate where we are, as I feel you will agree with me that all of this has tipped into uncharted waters.
Once again, please be assured that I am here for you, if needed, and please do not be shy in asking for help, when it is required. I shall also try to update you as and when I receive further information.
In the meantime, please be assured of my continuing prayers and by the truth that Christ IS with us in all times of joy and sorrow, need and plenty. It is to him we turn in this most uncertain and strangest of times.
Yours in love and in Christ.
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|Wednesday||No Services until further notice|
|Friday||No Services until further notice|
|Saturday||No Services until further notice|