Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Lancaster Christ Church

Restarting Public Worship.

6 Jul 2020, 9 p.m.
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Following the lifting of some of the lockdown restrictions, churches can gather for worship once again, with extra precautions in place. Sadly, over the last 3 months, several storms have caused further damage to the roof and ceilings in Christ Church, and we are still awaiting investigation and repair works. Whilst part of the nave can be used for private prayer, some of the building still needs to be made safe. So, with Bishop Julian's permission, we will begin worshipping in the Hall temporarily - a space which also allows us to follow guidance on cleaning, social distancing and movement a little easier.

A thorough Covid-19 risk assessment has been made, which PCC have approved. Some of you may not be able, or feel ready, to return to worship yet. That is perfectly fine - we will continue to stream services on YouTube and produce a weekly pewsheet so that people can continue to worship at home. Should you wish to come to a service, please expect the following:

If you have Covid symptoms, or have been told to isolate because you’ve had contact with someone who has, or are feeling unwell, please let someone know and don’t come to church.

If you wish, you may wear a covering over your nose and mouth.

Please gel your hands before and after the service, and before receiving communion. (Gel is available) The windows and double doors will be left open (unless it’s really cold) to let air flow.

You will be asked to record your name and contact number on the sheet for traceability - we’re required to do this by law. This will be kept confidentially for 6 weeks.

Please collect your own order of service and pewsheet. These are single use, so take them home with you at the end. You may bring your own order of service with you each week.

Stewards will show you to a seat, and direct you for communion.

There will be no hymn singing for the time being. Music will be played during Sunday 1030 services.

If you come as a couple, family or household - you may move the seats to sit together. However, solo seats have a 2 metre distance around them.

If we are expecting a full congregation, stewards will show people to a seat, filling from the front first (and the sides to middle) to minimise circulation

Children are very welcome to attend the service, but we cannot offer Children's Church for the time being. Please continue to make your offering by Standing Order wherever possible. There will be an offertory box for cash or cheque donations, but no collection will be taken.

Communion (bread alone) will be received standing, with a non-touch blessing for those who prefer. The priest will wear a mask at this point.

There will be no refreshments after the service, and any conversations must happen outside from a sociable distance in small groups. The Hall, and all items that have been touched will be cleaned and disinfected between use.

The first Eucharists will be on Sunday 12th June, at 8.30 and 10.30. Initially, there will be no midweek services - but this will evolve as we adjust to the new restrictions. As spaces are limited, we ask you to “book” in advance. You can do this through Eventbrite via the links: eucharist-830-am-tickets-112091542822 for the 8:30 services and church-lancaster-1030-eucharist-tickets-112092136598 for the 10:30 Eucharists. Please select the date(s) for the Sunday or Sundays you would like to come. Alternatively, just contact Jacqueline (64083, 07808 765364 or email as below) or Rev Carol, and we will add your name(s).

We continue to pray for all those affected by this outbreak - and for the church as we begin to grow again, giving thanks for all who have sustained <span style="font-size: 1rem;">the prayer and community at Christ Church in recent months.</span>