Church of England Diocese of Blackburn St. Paul Fairhaven

Church Updates

Sunday 9th May

10am  - in the church building

11.15am - in the church hall

Please book in advance if you are planning to attend. This helps us seek to make sure there are spaces for everyone if possible. 

Attending Public Worship at St Paul’s
We give thanks that public worship is allowed to continue during this present national lockdown. The PCC is continuing to monitor the situation and advice we receive, and we are pleased we will be offering public worship (which we will review on a week-by-week basis). We are wanting to take people's spiritual and physical care seriously. In continuing to offer public worship, we are enjoying a great privilege, but with that comes a responsibility on us as an organisation and individually to adhere very carefully to the measures laid out which can be found below.

At Risk Groups – CofE and Government Advice:
‘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
Those who are considered to be <strong>extremely clinically vulnerable</strong> to COVID-19 will have been advised to shield and are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own, and therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship.’
While in one sense we never want to be discouraging anyone from coming to church, for those in the extremely clinically vulnerable group, <strong>we do seriously encourage you to consider and follow the current advice.</strong> However, a decision to attend or not is yours alone.

Please carefully follow the instructions below if you attend:

Please do not attend if you, or a member of your household, have symptoms of Covid-19 which you can find here

Please book in advance so that we know how many people are coming. We have limited seating. You can do it here

If you have the NHS Test and Trace app, please sign in on arrival. If you do not have the app, and have not filled in a form to allow us to hold your data for purposes of Test and Trace, if you are willing, please fill a form in before you leave. You only have to do this once, not every time. If you have not filled one in, please wait until others have left to do so as the vestibule is small, and will be easier for you to do so.

Do not mingle between households.

Maintaining strict social distancing between households at all times – 2m (in all but needed situations, where it must be 1m+ with mitigating measures).This includes being attentive on arriving and leaving as to where others are; queuing outside until the vestibule is clear; following the one way system; sitting in the places instructed by the welcomers; and following directions of the service leader to leave in an ordered manner.

On exiting - we will begin exiting from the back row of the central pews. 

Please stay in your place until the row before yours has adequately cleared to enable space for your row to begin to exit safely. If you take longer to leave because of mobility issues for example, please feel free to remain in your place until others have left, so you don't feel rushed.

Wearing a face covering correctly and at all times (unless exempt).

Applying sanitiser on arriving and leaving.

Leave promptly after the service - not staying inside or gathering outside to chat.

Wrap up warm - the heating will be on in both locations, but we are seeking to balance this with ventilation.

Thank you for working together to help protect people.

Church Building Re-Opening for Public Worship Update - 9th July

On Sunday 12th July, we are trialling two services to enable us to be able to safely offer additional capacity to any who wishes to join us.

Each week will be reviewed to help us consider next steps. It is very much about seeking to carefully find out feet through this time. Even with additional capacity, we can not promise that all those who wish to attend will be able to.

1) 10am - Service in the Church Building (with Holy Communion), 45 minutes maximum, 18-20 people maximum. This service will be live streamed. Note this is minutes earlier than usual. Doors open at 9.45am until 9.58am.

2) 11am - Service in the Parish Hall, 45 mins maximum, 15-16 people maximum. Slightly more informal service. Doors open at 10.45am until 10.58am. Please enter through the side doors in the hall car-park.

For more information, including an important sheet on information to read before you come go to: https://stpaulsfairhaven.weebly.com/church-re-opening.html

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Church Building Re-Opening for Public Worship Update - 3rd July

From 4th July, places of worship will be allowed to re-open for public worship if Covid-secure. This is news we should give thanks for! We have been physically apart for 15 Sundays as a church family. However, in light of our paragraph above, many of us will also feel wary and anxious. We still need to be extremely careful. We wish to share key points of planning with you. Two principles guide us at this time:

God’s people are called to be together – so meeting together is precious and vital

‘…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’ Hebrews 10:25

God’s people are called to love one another – so protecting each other is precious and vital

‘Jesus replied: …And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

We are seeking to find ways to meet together as God’s people which keep each other and our community safe. We will be taking a staged approach, beginning with some deliberately small services, which we will then be able to review, and build on.


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