St Andrew's Church, Cheddar
Welcome to our page! We hope you can find all you need, but if there is anything else please get in touch.Churches opening again
The PCC met in this last week and decided that the following arrangements are the wisest and safest:
First date for re-opening for services again:Cheddar: 10am on Palm Sunday 28th March
Thereafter, we sincerely hope, to be open every Sunday in each church.
Social distancing, mask-wearing, hand-disinfecting, no congregational singing, and record of attendees will all still apply.
Opening for private visits/prayer:Cheddar: 9am-3pm every day from Monday 8th March
Social distancing and hand-gel use is requested of all visitors.
ZOOM services:These will also be maintained every Sunday (and weekdays) at least until the government lifts all Covid-related restrictions on meeting together indoors.
Zoom services on Sundays are timed as follows:
-Until and including Palm Sunday 28th March: 10.30am
Easter Sunday 4th April: 11.30am
Holy Week and Easter
All service details, in church and on Zoom, for Holy Week and Easter, will follow, slightly nearer the time.
The PCCs will review our arrangements regularly.
Please note the government guidance for those who are self-isolating, unwell, or especially vulnerable; the following statements are taken directly from the official advice:
1. Where individuals are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the household, or because they have been requested to so by NHS Test & Trace, they should participate remotely.
2. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend the place of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household.
3. Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.
Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
4. The NHS has written to around 2.2. million who are considered to be extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, advising them to shield. Shielded patients are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship.
We will do all we can to protect people's health, and we need to give the official advice, just listed above. We shall respect every individual's decision whether to return to the church building now or not to. Each of us will decide for ourselves, and we all support each other in those decisions.
If you would like spiritual or pastoral support please phone me on 07595 946284
We shall do anything we can to help you.
The parish of Cheddar is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Bath & Wells’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.