Update concerning covid-19 on 18th July 2021
We have received
updated guidelines from the Church of England, but the overall message is to be
careful and cautious. There will be some freedom from restrictions over the
coming weeks, but we are being told to go slowly. Our Standing Committee are
considering what the guidelines mean for us. We will inform everyone once we
have worked through the implications. As Covid restrictions are being eased we are to resume some services in the church building. Alongside this we will continue to offer on-line services via the St Ed's Facebook page.
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, incrreasing number of services and activities 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 Peter’s will be open from 10am to 3pm each day.
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
The words of our Gospel reading this week could not be more appropriate : ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’.
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 face coverings inside 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.
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]