Church of England Diocese of Rochester Hoo

St Werburgh Opening

18 Jul 2020, 11 a.m.

From June 20th, St Werburgh's Church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 am and 12 noon.

We will continue with on line worship for July and update you when we make plans to open on Sundays for public worship.

Enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings can be made to the Vicar.

Update: The Parish Church of Hoo St Werburgh – re-opening for services

We are delighted to announce that after careful planning we are resuming services in church from Sunday 2nd August. We are following government and Church of England guidelines thoroughly, and making every effort to ensure a safe and positive environment. We are also aware that it will not be possible for everyone to come to church in person at the moment, so we will also continue to offer an online recording via our YouTube channel.

Because of the ongoing restrictions and health and safety requirements, there will be some modifications in how services will run. The main plans for services are as follows:

• There will be a 10am service every Sunday from the 2nd August, and a Book of Common Prayer Communion service at 8.30am on the first Sunday of the month.

• Welcomers will greet you on arrival, making hand sanitiser available, and will also ask if we can record your name and contact number for Track and Trace purposes.

• Seats will be arranged to ensure social distancing, but households and ‘bubble groups’ are welcome to sit together. As there is a limit on the number that can be seated safely, we will operate a reservation system if you wish to pre-book seating, Please contact us via the Church email ([email protected]) or Rev Mark Borley ([email protected] / 01634 251290) for more information.

• All ages are welcome. There will be tables for families with children, and activity packs will be provided. We ask that families sit together.

• Government regulations do not allow currently singing. However we will have three hymns at 10am services using recordings with vocals.

• The government and scientific advice is that face coverings are worn to reduce possible coronavirus spreading, but this is a personal decision and is not a requirement for coming to services.

• Tea and coffee will be available after the service using disposable cups, and table service. Tables and chairs will be arranged to facilitate social distancing; please follow this.

We very much look forward to welcoming anyone who would like to join us. We will be keeping everything under review and looking at how we can improve and expand what we can offer. In addition, if anyone has any pastoral needs, or would like to be visited please don't hesitate to contact Rev Mark or any of the Ministry Team.