And so, as the days grow shorter and the temperature begins to drop, our thoughts inevitably begin to turn to the Christmas season. This year, of course, there are so many uncertainties because of the pandemic but as I write, the assumption is that churches will be open for worship within the same restrictions we were working under before the second lockdown. This means that strict social distancing must be in place, masks worn at all times, no singing can be undertaken, and communion is in one kind only (ie, only the bread). Here in Flushing, Christmas is a great family time and we enjoy welcoming so many of you into St Peter’s over the festive season. We feel it is so important to be able to continue to do this if at all possible but we will need to do things a bit differently - particularly planning things in advance to make attending a service over Christmas as safe as we can possibly make it. We will need your help in order to do this. So, what’s the plan? As things stand at the moment (and we must be mindful of the fact that this could change very quickly), we will hold services on Christmas Eve afternoon (not communion) and Christmas Day morning (including communion). Depending on numbers, this could be more than one service on each of those days but we can’t make that call until we know how many people and ‘bubble sizes’ will be attending. If you would like to attend a Christmas service at St Peter’s this year, please book your seats by emailing: [email protected] or ringing us on 01872 241880 as soon as possible. We will need to know your name and contact details (phone or email); the number in your ‘bubble’ who will be attending and whether you would like to come to a Christmas Eve afternoon or Christmas Day morning service. Please contact us by Sunday 20th December at the latest. Once we have all the bookings we will work out a safe seating plan and contact you to let you know the time the service will begin – we can’t do this until we know whether we will be holding one or more services each day. Because we need to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will not be able to admit people who have not booked – we do hope you understand the reasons for this. Likewise, because we do not yet know what the restrictions will be following this lockdown, we may have to change arrangements with quite short notice, but will contact anyone who has booked if necessary, put up information on St Peter's page of a Church Near You website and on the noticeboard at the front of church. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.
Church of England Diocese of Truro Flushing