I am contacting everyone this week to let you know that we intend to reopen for worship from next week. Holy Communion will therefore be celebrated on Thursday 4th March at 11am and Sunday 7th at 10am.
This decision has been taken following consultation with the PCC and monitoring advice from the Diocese and Public Health. I am aware that infection rates remain high in Preston, and locally the rate for Grimsargh and Goosnargh remains well above where we would like it to be. Even so, rates have declined since the start of the year and worship in church remains not only legal but also a safe activity, so long as we all stick to the rules. So, please bear in mind these points:<ul><li>If you are unwell or have a diagnosis of Covid 19, you must stay at home.</li><li>Do not come to church if you have been advised to shield.</li><li>Observe rules on household mixing: do not join with someone from outside your own household/bubble when travelling to and from church. Do not gather in groups outside church.</li><li>Face coverings must be worn in church (unless exempt). These must cover both your mouth and nose. You may remove your covering only to consume the bread, if you are receiving Communion.</li><li>Maintain social distancing in church and do not share a pew with anyone outside your household/bubble (the longer north aisle pews may accommodate two individuals, but not the pews in the nave and tower). People from the same household/bubble may, of course, sit together.</li><li>Maintain good hand hygiene—use hand sanitiser.</li></ul>
These are by now very familiar routines, but with hopes of coronavirus restrictions being relaxed it is easy to become complacent. We must not forget the procedures that have helped to keep people safe in recent months.
One final point—please do not feel that just because worship is taking place, you must come. Each of us must make our own decisions about whether it is safe for ourselves and those around us.
Please contact me if you have any concerns or queries.
A risk assessment is being completed.