Update on Church of England guidelines for services across our parish

Update on Church of England guidelines for services across our parish

Following the decision by the Government to move to step 4 of the ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ on 19th July and the subsequent update to guidelines from the Church of England, the churchwardens have agreed on changes to services held in our buildings across our parish.

At present time incidence of the Covid virus continues to increase with the probability that during the summer months numbers will reach or surpass those experienced at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic at the start of 2021. Taking this into consideration the churchwardens have agreed that the following changes will be made for services in our buildings:

* we would remind everyone that the Government ‘expects and recommends’ that face coverings be worn in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others;
* it is no longer necessary to register attendance at services in advance with the churchwardens;
* we will continue to display the NHS Track and Trace QR codes for our buildings and recommend that these be used by anyone entering our buildings. If you do not have access to the NHS Track and Trace facility when attending a service then please provide your contact details to a churchwarden so they can contact you in the event of any reported incidents;
* from 19th July the restrictions of socially distanced seating, and sitting in ‘groups of 6’ will cease – you are welcome to sit where you wish;
* at St Lawrence Church to assist people who wish to remain socially distanced we will be providing cards to put next to them when sat down, asking people to leave the place next to them free;
* from 19th July where appropriate we will re-introduce congregational singing inside our buildings but would remind everyone that the Government ‘expects and recommends’ that face coverings be worn at all times;
* during August the 8 am services will be said with no singing;
* in the event of reported Covid contamination, we will close the impacted building for 48 hours

Any updates or finer details will be shared during the notices of each service.

From all the Churchwardens

August 2021 Summer holiday services

1st August

8am        BCP Communion       All Saints

9.30am  Holy Communion       All Saints

8th August 

8am         BCP Communion      Holy Rood

9.30am   Holy Communion      Holy Rood

15th August

8am         BCP Communion       St Peter’s Church, Beech

9.30am    Holy Communion      Beech Village Hall

22nd August

8am          BCP Communion     St Lawrence

9.30am     Holy Communion    St Lawrence

29th August

8am           BCP Communion       St Lawrence

9.30am     Holy Communion       St Lawrence

Over the summer there will be Holy Communion every Wednesday at 9.30am in All Saints Church.