December 17th 2021

 

As the situation with Covid continues to evolve. Our main concern is the safety of everyone. Regretfully, we have had to make some changes regarding Christmas Church services.

 

Reinstating the stringent Covid guidelines we followed earlier in the pandemic will enable us to continue with some services whilst some services will go online.

 

We will do our best to keep the website and social media as up to date as possible and we’ll continue to update you with any further changes via the weekly email. All the amended plans for this Christmas season can be found here.

 

In spite of these changes, we do hope we can all reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is Love Come Down and know his joy deep in our hearts.

 

Every Blessing,

Rev Jonny & Rev Cathy

December 11th 2021

 

Dear Friends,

 

Following the Prime Ministers announcement earlier in the week, the Church of England has now published its latest guidance for churches following the declaration of this country’s move to Plan B. Therefore, from this Sunday 12th December, you will notice some changes which we would like to make you aware of.

 

St Mary’s and St John’s

– Face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship. Whilst there are some exemptions, as outlined in the guidance that has been published, this is a legal requirement and masks will stay on for congregational singing. Thus, face coverings should be worn at all times in our buildings.

– We will continue to have a dedicated area in both Churches where social distancing can be observed for those who would welcome this.

– Communion will continue in ‘one kind’; just the bread/wafer.

– Caution and consideration should be exercised at all times.

– We are continuing with refreshments after services at both Churches.

– At St Mary’s, refreshments will be restricted to the area at the back of the hall to ensure that anyone else moving around the building can remain distanced.

– In order that we keep all the buildings well ventilated we may have more doors and windows open than usual and therefore we would like to encourage you to wrap up warmly if attending a service.

 

Please note that NHS COVID passes will not be required as places of worship are exempt.

 

Other activities and events such as Connections and Play and Chat will remain under review and will continue until such time as the guidance changes; however, we will now be applying the same controls for these as we are for refreshments after services, in that face coverings must be worn unless seated and in the act of eating or drinking.

 

It is important to remember that mask wearing primarily is caring for your neighbour rather than yourself.

 

The office will remain open for email and telephone contact only.
The current opening hours are; Tuesday – Friday 10.00 am – 12 noon

 

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, has urged people to take steps to protect each other as we prepare to celebrate Christmas amid a rise in cases. She says:

 

“As Christians we have a duty to care for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable, and the latest measures announced by the Government should offer some extra protection and reassurance for people. Caring for one another, sharing, hope, faith and most of all the knowledge that God is with us are at the heart of Christmas. This Christmas we will be coming together – whether in person or online – to worship God and celebrate his coming into the world as a human being like us.”

 

The Vicars and staff team appreciate that this remains a difficult and challenging time. Please be assured that we are doing all that we can to deliver the best Christmas experience of Church that we can.

 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can do to support you. These are unique days that we are living through but thankfully our God remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 

Thank you
Jonny and Cathy