I hope that you are all managing to keep safe and well during these strange times.
I wanted to let you know that we are hoping to reopen our church building on Sunday 30th August for Mass at 10:30am.
Obviously we need to be really careful about how we do this and we will all need to
follow official guidance from the Church of England.
Therefore we will not be able to sing though there may be music playing as we come and go from the building.
We still must stay at least two meters apart unless we live in the same household or are part of an exclusive ‘bubble’
I don’t know where we will stand on facemasks at that point but you are asked to bring your own and wear it if it is safe to do so.
There will be no bibles available so please do bring your own if you wish to.
I am hoping that the whole service will be on a screen as we can’t use any service booklets. On entering the building please use the hand gel at the entrance.
There will be sidespeople to guide you but please only use the side aisles to get to your seat and use only the centre aisle to leave the building.
The loo will be available but please only one person at a time and my apologies for stressing this but please do wash and dry your hands both before and after use.
Guidance for receiving communion will be given on the day but right now you can only receive in one kind ie only the bread. I as your priest will receive the wine on your behalf.
I will not wear a face mask during the service as you need to hear me but the bread will be covered for consecration and I will wear mask and gloves at distribution.
Sadly we cannot share the usual social time together after the service so if you would like to chat with friends please do so outside in the fresh air and keep two meters apart.
Sorry for all the do’s and don’ts but your safety is my priority.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all and in the meantime please stay safe and well.
Fr Peter F Smyth