Church of England Diocese of Norwich Taverham

Update concerning covid-19 on 10th May 2021

As Covid restrictions are being eased we are resuming some services with a congregation in attendance. Alongside this we will continue to offer on-line services via our Facebook page.

However the church is alive! Our pastoral work is continuing as we are more and more available to the needs of our community. The church is open each day for private prayer and our livestreams continue. At this time it is a privilege to serve Jesus in the different ways He is calling each of us to be His church.

The church will be open each day for private prayer. St Edmund’s will be open from 9am to 5pm each day.

As we move forward we are adjusting how we deliver servicee and provide more opportunities to have a congregation present.

Attended services we now have a 9.30am service at St Ed’s weekly, a Wednesday 10.30am service at St Ed’s. We are trialling a period where it is not necessary to sign up in advance. Just come along!

Sunday 11.15am Worship

* From the first Sunday in June (6th) we will be streaming the service outside St Ed’s, followed by the first Sunday of every month. No matter the weather, you will be welcome to come and join us for this service. Bring a chair, a flask and a picnic for afterwards. Maybe also an umbrella, if required!

* The third Sunday of each month, we will be back out on location, streaming from a parishioner’s house. The first location worship will be on 16th May.

* Finally, have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes for this service? From now onwards, on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays (when on falls) we are able to have up to 10 people coming to see us stream the 11.15 service from inside St Eds. If you would like to attend you will need to reserve a space. To do this please email Rev Paul on [email protected] so he can confirm.

This is a short term setup as we prayerfully seek the way forward as we come out of lockdown and discern how to best serve the needs of our fellowship and wider community.

Please continue to pray for our life and witness as we follow Jesus together.

As Christ’s people we need to pray, keep faith in Him, be people of hope and witness to the love and abiding presence of Christ in our lives and our community

Let us keep each other in prayer and be kind to one another as we look to the Lord to lead us from this difficult time into freedom and new beginnings.

Church open please observe the following guidelines

Health and safety guidelines warn that it is safest for as few people as possible to come into contact with one another so we will not have any people welcoming those who come.

Please help to reduce the risk of infection by –

• USING a face covering while in the church building.

• USING the hand gel as you enter and as you leave the building.

• OBSERVING social distancing at all times.

• TAKING a paper cross to put on your seat before you leave. This will help others to know when a seat has already been used. If you have a prayer request please write this on the underside of your cross, (these will be collected at the end of each day).

Please AVOID those areas of the church that have been roped off or covered.

In particular note the following:

1, The kitchen is roped off and bookcases covered.

2, Bibles, leaflets and toys have been removed.

3, The toilet will not be open and the key will not be available.

There are notices in the porch and church reminding everyone of these requirements.

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship and church halls. While there are exemptions this is a legal requirement.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

Those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. distributing consumables) This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

For further information contact Revd. Paul Seabrook on 01603 868217 or by email at [email protected]

At St Ed's we continue to encourage everyone to do what they can to support food banks which will be needed more than ever at this time.

The Foodbank collection bin continues to be (outside the front door) at the Rectory, at 173 Taverham Road as well as you are welcome to leave items inside the church building.