Church of England Diocese of Derby Sawley

Services at St Mary's following lifting of restrictions

23 Jul 2021, 7:30 p.m.
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A message from Tony about service arrangements

The government's relaxing of the corona virus restrictions have brought joy to some and increased anxiety to others. The onus is now on individuals to act responsibly, and as a Christian community we must think carefully about what this will mean for us.

We want to relax restrictions as much as we can at our services and meetings, however, we have a duty of care to everyone who attends, and this is especially important as corona virus cases continue to rise principally among those who have not been vaccinated.

From this Sunday you will notice some changes to the way we have been doing things.

We will continue to encourage the use of face coverings during church services. Hand sanitizers will remain in place, as will the track and trace arrangements and again we will continue to encourage their use. The social distancing measures will be removed from our churches so that you will be able to sit wherever you like, but for those who feel uncomfortable with this, special cards stating "Please leave a space" will be available at the door and can be placed on adjacent seats. 

For the time being there will be no change to Holy Communion services. Although use of the "common cup" is now permitted, we do not think this is appropriate in the current circumstances.

If you have any questions concerning these changes please speak to a member of the clergy or the church wardens.

Finally, let our first though be for others. I hope we can move forward in ways that build one another up in the faith and strengthen our life together as the family of God

With every blessing, Tony