The coronavirus has brought many changes to church life - some challenging, some wonderful.
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During lockdown we had a great time meeting for worship over Zoom. Now we're back in church every Sunday at 10am, and we're pleased to say that, if you can't be with us in church, you can join us via Zoom.
The link for the 10am service, every week, is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86563973122?pwd=SWtUY1pqNXJJdWFMSCtXc2hCTWhUdz09
Meeting ID: 865 6397 3122
You can join from 9.45am. You'll be held in a 'waiting area' until the Zoom host admits you. Please make sure that your device name is your real name, and not something generic like 'iPad123', so that the host knows who you are. Most weeks we'll do our best to make sure there's a Zoom welcomer, so please don't hesitate to join in from anywhere in the world!
It's great to have feedback about what is and isn't working Zoom-wise. Please keep your ideas for any improvement coming.
Booking for Church Services
At present, because of the need to maintain social distance, you will need to book a place to attend church in person. With the 2m safe distance, it is only possible to fit 30-35 people in the church at once, and so, if you would like to attend the next Sunday Service, please book your place with Aline (email or 07771 636 872). To save Aline's sanity, please try to book by 5pm on the Friday.
As safe as possible ...
Please note that the wearing of face masks in church is compulsory for all in the congregation, unless someone has a legitimate reason not to wear one.
We are continuing to keep everybody as safe as possible. Sidespeople guide everyone in a one-way route through the building. Movement during the service is kept to a minimum. Other sanitisation and safety measures are all in place.
Following the guidance means that things inside church are different to what we're used to. For example, once inside the church, you will be guided to the next seat available - sitting in favourite seats is not possible for the time being.* Sadly, gathering for chatting and coffee is not possible, before or after the service. There will not be any singing (but there will be music). We are also taking part in the Government's Test and Trace programme, so if you attend, we will ask for your name and contact details.
*If you have particular needs regarding seating, please have a word with Aline when you book. We will, of course, do our best to accommodate you.
The anxiety and sadness caused by Covid-19 will be with us for a long time. Since March 2020 a team of pastoral carers has been in touch with over 100 isolating, lonely and vulnerable people. If you are lonely, worried or need some practical (non-contact) help and would like to talk with someone then please call Janet 01622 710083 (Authorised Pastoral Assistant) or Ruth 07803 902319 (the Vicar).
Morning Prayer by Zoom
Every weekday morning via Zoom, from 8.30am-9am. We follow Common Worship Daily Prayer and allow time for sharing and prayer about any news and concerns. Everyone is welcome. Please email Aline for the link.
Weekly Prayer by Zoom
Every Wednesday evening at 7pm, via Zoom for about 45 minutes. A chance to pray for all concerns - worldwide, national and local. We may follow this litany (but it's not essential to have a copy). Please email Aline for the link.