Church of England Diocese of Chichester Holbrook, Saint Mark

Mini-Marks invitation!

8 Jul 2020, 9:45 a.m.
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Invitation to Mini-Mark's Services

We are delighted to invite families with babies and little children under-five to a short but blessed, socially distanced Mini-Mark's service at the later time of 1.15pm for 1.30pm on Wednesday 15th July in St. Mark's Church, Holbrook. School aged siblings are welcome too. The service will last 30 minutes.

Please do not attend if anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19: a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, or if you have been advised to isolate following contact tracing.

Social distancing within and outside church will be essential seats will be reserved in rows with a 2-metre gap between rows and 3 empty chairs left between you and the next person in a row, if you are not in the same bubble. The balcony will only be used if necessary, if so in alternate rows only.

Please arrive from 1.15pm to allow time for a 2-metre socially distanced queue for entry into church, use of hand sanitiser and being shown to your reserved seats before the service starts at 1.30pm. Toilet facilities will be available.

Parents and carers will be responsible for ensuring children maintain social distancing, we will do what we can to help you with 2-metre footprints and lines to follow. You are welcome to bring your pram/pushchair/car seat/ booster seat into church. Windows and doors will be kept open for good ventilation, so please bring warm tops with you, and covers for little ones.

We are sorry that at present we will not be able to serve lunch, cakes or refreshments and there will not be any toys or singing, but we will enjoy Bible stories, prayers, listening to songs and joining in with easily cleaned percussion shakers and non-energetic actions.

At the end of the service please leave the church promptly one family at a time as directed, taking a craft activity and colouring sheet in a pre-prepared envelope for each child to do at home, you will just need some crayons, a glue stick and sticky tape.

Current guidelines do not permit us to meet for a Teddy Bear's Picnic, so please have your picnic at home or in the park before or after you join us on Wednesday 19th August from 1.15pm for 1.30pm for our August Mini-Mark's service in St Mark's Church.

As numbers are limited both the team and families need to please pre-book your free tickets using Eventbrite and we will specially reserve seats for you. Here is the link for July Mini-Mark's tickets, the link for August will follow later this month.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mini-marks-15th-july-2020-tickets-112472476204

Mini-Mark’s will be considerably shorter than usual but having not met since February, the joy of meeting together to worship will be extraordinary.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

With every blessing to you and your family,

Revd Richard Coldicott, Vicar, St Mark's Church, Holbrook