Sorry this is such a long email - that's because it's full of information for you.
The weekly news sheet is attached.
This week the churches are open for prayer. Please make the most of this opportunity to be still in the presence of God.
• St Clement’s is open Mondays 12 noon to 2pm and Thursdays 3pm to 5pm
• St Chad's is open Tuesdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm and Saturdays 10am to 12 noon
Sunday worship re-starting
I am delighted to be able to announce that the two PCCs met last night (Thursday) and unanimously agreed a plan for re-opening both churches for Sunday worship. Unless the national situation changes and different guidelines are required, we plan to start worship on Sunday 2 August. Some points:
• every Sunday there will be a short, said Eucharist at 10.30am
• it will alternate between the two churches (we start at St Chad's in order to make sure we're at St Clement's when the Races are on in September - St Chad's is closed that Sunday - the dates are below)
• the PCCs hope that we will go to each other's churches
• we shall continue to hold the Zoom service at 12 noon and a recorded version will go on the St Chad's website and Facebook page
• midweek Zoom services will continue
• once Sunday worship has started, each church will be open for private prayer once a week on Wednesday (St Clement's 11am to 1pm; St Chad's 3.30pm to 5.30pm).
The PCCs are very anxious to keep everyone as safe as possible. There are, therefore, some important provisions:
• in order to meet social distance requirements, we will be allowed up to 30 people in St Chad's and 28 in St Clement's (people sitting 2m apart)
• during the week, therefore, you must telephone Toby to let him know you hope to attend on Sunday
• a record of the congregation will be kept to assist track and tracing should that be required
• hand sanitizer and wipes will be available and toilets will be available
• Communion will be the bread only
• the presider/leader and anyone helping will be wearing a visor
• there will be no singing and no coffee afterwards
• the Eucharist will last about 30 minutes.
As you can see, it will not be 'church as we know it'. It'll be very different. It is, however, a really exciting start and an important step.
with my prayers and thanks