Church of England Diocese of Gloucester Cold Aston

News for December 2020

12 Dec 2020, noon
Following external repairs to the Church roof, contractors last week completed temporary repairs to the ceiling. In their opinion, the ceiling of the Nave is now safe for use. Unfortunately the ceiling of the Chancel (Choir and Altar) is presently considered unsafe for use. We await a written report from contractors and will hope to commission more permanent repairs in the New Year. <div>

It follows that we are able to reopen the Nave of the Church for Worship, Private Prayer and School use. In this respect, we have updated the Risk Assessment in the light of guidance from the House of Bishops on 2nd December 2020 and following an onsite visit by members of the PCC last week. </div><div>

The Schedule of Services for the remainder of this Year is as follows:

9th December, Evening Prayer, 5pm

13th December, Compline, 4pm

20th December, Carol Service, 6pm

24th December, Holy Communion, 11pm

As regards the Carol Service, given current guidance (no singing indoors), we are organising an outdoor Carol Service in the South Churchyard.

As regards the Service of Holy Communion on the 24th, given limited maximum capacity (circa 40 persons, depending on the size of family bubbles), I invite those intending to attend to register with me in advance (by email, SMS or WhatsApp). We will allocate places on a first come, first served basis. In this way we aim to avoid turning anyone away on the night. </div>

The School will use the building for classroom 'bubbles' on the 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th.

We will aim to open the building for private prayer on Fridays and Mondays from 10am to 2pm commencing on the 11th.