The following letter was issued by our Assistant priest Rev'd Cathy Austin in the middle of July to allthose who have registered their email addresses with us. Subsequently it has been additionally required that those attending these services should ring our Church Warden on 01473 830890 in advance to ensure that we can fit everyone in whilst maintaining social distance of 2 metres. All attendees are also now required to wear face coverings over mouth and nose.
"Following recent government guidance, our Benefice Ministry Team has discussed the
subject of worshipping in churches. Many churches, nationwide have chosen to stay
closed for the time being, but the Ministry Team felt it is right for us to begin to offer public
worship once again, albeit tentatively!
I detail below the plans we now have in place . .
Barham Church will be open for a shortened said Service of Holy Communion at 10am on
the following dates: Sundays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August, and 10am on Wednesdays 5,
12, 19 and 26 August. Please note that Saturday 25 July will be the last date that Barham
Church is open for individual private prayer. Great Blakenham and Henley churches will
continue to open for private prayer, but we will review this in due course.
May I reassure you that Barham Church will be strict in adhering to the government
regulations, and so things will be different when you get into church. Entrance to and exit
from the church will be from different doors, there can be no singing, and very sadly, there
can be no gathering at the end of the service. Communion will be received in one kind
only, and the minister leading the service will be aware of and will follow all the latest C of
The usual guidance of ʻif you or anyone in your household shows signs of Covid-19,
please do not come to church until you have completed 14 days of self-isolationʼ must be
absolutely followed by everyone, staff and worshippers alike.
But may I also say, please do not feel that because we are offering worship in church, you
MUST attend. This is absolutely not the case. Many people are still shielding, and there
are those who are still, understandably, very anxious about coming out in public in this
way. Whilst we will be delighted to see you should you join us, there is absolutely no
expectation of anyone, so please be comfortable with your own decision.
We also feel that we cannot ignore all those people who have found comfort, challenge
and spiritual refreshment in on-line worship, which is available from many churches
nationwide. We will be investigating the practicality of delivering good quality worship in a
new and innovative way. We are actually very excited by this challenge! Watch this
Our Benefice Ministry Team makes decisions with regard to and respect of all three
churches, and no one church is any more important than the other. So if you have any
concerns or queries, do please contact me (in confidence if you wish), and hopefully I will
be able to help.
With my best wishes to you all