Church of England Diocese of Leicester Ratby

These events occur regularly throughout the calendar year.

Holy Communion

In January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. Every Fourth Sunday at 10 a.m. for 45m

Church Lane
Ratby
Leicester

A service of Holy Communion during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please read the notes to below so you know what to expect, as worship will look different as we seek to care for everyone in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Returning to Church
8am in Ratby and 6pm in Groby

· If you drive to church please be careful when parking and getting out of your car that you remember to keep your distance from other people/families.
· If there happens to be a queue at the door please wait in line to enter, making sure you’re 2m apart from the person or household group ahead of you.
· You’ll be asked to leave your name and phone number with someone on the door. This is to help with the government’s Track and Trace initiative.
· Please use the hand sanitiser stationed near the door as you enter.
· Please sit where you’re asked to sit. A steward will show you to a seat and ask you to sit in a particular place on the pew so that you remain 2m away from other seated people. Households may sit together. Once seated, please remain seated so that we’re not all milling around. I know this’ll be hard because there’ll be people we haven’t seen in months who we’d love to chat with, but please bear with us during what will hopefully be a temporary period of time.
The service
· The service will all be projected.
· Sadly we won’t be able to sing for a while, so don’t expect to be singing your favourite hymns and songs quite yet.
· It will be shorter than usual.
· Children are welcome - it doesn’t matter if your child(ren) aren’t perfectly quiet in the services. Please don’t feel embarrassed if they make a bit of noise!
Afterwards
· You’ll be asked to leave from the back first and not to hang around in the church building for very long after the service has ended.
· There won’t be any refreshments served for the time being.
Toilets
· These will be available. We expect their usage to be low because services will be shorter. If you do need to use the toilet, please wipe down with wipes afterwards.

Do you have to come to church?
Absolutely not! We will still be providing the same online option that has been available throughout lockdown. If you’re shielding, at high risk or nervous about coming then please feel under absolutely no compulsion to come at all.
Do you need to book in to come to church?
No. We hope that we won’t ever have to introduce a booking system because it makes it harder for visitors to come. Should we be getting to the point of capacity we will review what we need to do in terms of further services.
Do you need to wear a masks?
The government has been changing its advice on face coverings and so from 8th August it will be compulsory to wear face coverings in church. Of course if you have an underlying health condition that precludes wearing a face mask, that's no problem.
Ongoing Risk Assessment
We will revisit the Risk Assessment on a regular basis. If you would like to feed into this process or have any concerns whatsoever then please be in touch with Rev’d Ed or Rev’d Noel.
Online Option
This will continue for the foreseeable future. If you come to the building on a Sunday you may wish to continue using the online service to sing the hymns and songs.
If you’re feeling poorly
Please don’t come if you’re feeling ill, especially if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms (raised temperature, new dry cough, loss of taste or smell). Obviously, if you’ve come down with something else it’s wise to stay away for the week because we don’t want to be giving anyone anything.
If you become ill with Covid-19 symptoms during the service, please tell someone on the door and go home straight away. You and anyone else in your household will need to self-isolate as per government guidance.
If you come down with confirmed Covid-19 in the days after having been in church please let Rev’d Ed or Rev’d Noel know.
Please keep praying!
Please do keep praying for the clergy, the wardens, the PCC and all who are all working to make church as low risk as possible.
With every blessing,
Rev’d Ed

Eucharist/Holy Communion Family Friendly
Sunday

Holy Communion

Every Sunday at 8 a.m. for 40m

Church Lane
Ratby
Leicester

We are restarting a simple communion service at each church in the Benefice, 8am in Ratby and 6pm in Groby (see separate page for the service in Groby). Please read the notes to below so you know what to expect, as worship will look different as we seek to care for everyone in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Returning to Church
8am in Ratby and 6pm in Groby

· If you drive to church please be careful when parking and getting out of your car that you remember to keep your distance from other people/families.
· If there happens to be a queue at the door please wait in line to enter, making sure you’re 2m apart from the person or household group ahead of you.
· You’ll be asked to leave your name and phone number with someone on the door. This is to help with the government’s Track and Trace initiative.
· Please use the hand sanitiser stationed near the door as you enter.
· Please sit where you’re asked to sit. A steward will show you to a seat and ask you to sit in a particular place on the pew so that you remain 2m away from other seated people. Households may sit together. Once seated, please remain seated so that we’re not all milling around. I know this’ll be hard because there’ll be people we haven’t seen in months who we’d love to chat with, but please bear with us during what will hopefully be a temporary period of time.
The service
· The service will all be projected.
· Sadly we won’t be able to sing for a while, so don’t expect to be singing your favourite hymns and songs quite yet.
· It will be shorter than usual.
· Children are welcome - it doesn’t matter if your child(ren) aren’t perfectly quiet in the services. Please don’t feel embarrassed if they make a bit of noise!
Afterwards
· You’ll be asked to leave from the back first and not to hang around in the church building for very long after the service has ended.
· There won’t be any refreshments served for the time being.
Toilets
· These will be available. We expect their usage to be low because services will be shorter. If you do need to use the toilet, please wipe down with wipes afterwards.

Do you have to come to church?
Absolutely not! We will still be providing the same online option that has been available throughout lockdown. If you’re shielding, at high risk or nervous about coming then please feel under absolutely no compulsion to come at all.
Do you need to book in to come to church?
No. We hope that we won’t ever have to introduce a booking system because it makes it harder for visitors to come. Should we be getting to the point of capacity we will review what we need to do in terms of further services.
Do you need to wear a masks?
The government has been changing its advice on face coverings and so from 8th August it will be compulsory to wear face coverings in church. Of course if you have an underlying health condition that precludes wearing a face mask, that's no problem.
Ongoing Risk Assessment
We will revisit the Risk Assessment on a regular basis. If you would like to feed into this process or have any concerns whatsoever then please be in touch with Rev’d Ed or Rev’d Noel.
Online Option
This will continue for the foreseeable future. If you come to the building on a Sunday you may wish to continue using the online service to sing the hymns and songs.
If you’re feeling poorly
Please don’t come if you’re feeling ill, especially if you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms (raised temperature, new dry cough, loss of taste or smell). Obviously, if you’ve come down with something else it’s wise to stay away for the week because we don’t want to be giving anyone anything.
If you become ill with Covid-19 symptoms during the service, please tell someone on the door and go home straight away. You and anyone else in your household will need to self-isolate as per government guidance.
If you come down with confirmed Covid-19 in the days after having been in church please let Rev’d Ed or Rev’d Noel know.
Please keep praying!
Please do keep praying for the clergy, the wardens, the PCC and all who are all working to make church as low risk as possible.
With every blessing,
Rev’d Ed

Eucharist/Holy Communion
Sunday

Telephone Church

Every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. for 30m

Church Lane
Ratby
Leicester

I have been very aware of the effects Coronavirus has had on everyone and particularly those who are missing church and unable to connect to what we have been doing online. I know some have enjoyed the DVDs and CDs I have made and I am very happy to provide anyone else who would like them with those – do let me know. I am now moving towards a limited re-opening of church for services and so from 12th July there will be an 8am service in Ratby Parish Church and a 6pm service at Groby Parish Church. However, we are keeping our online service at 10am as the main service for the time being as I know those who are shielding still cannot come out and many who are more vulnerable may not yet feel safe enough to come out with the risks from Coronavirus still present. The lockdown of Leicester right on our doorstep certainly reminds us of this.
But I also know that what many who have not been able to join us online will be missing is connecting with one another as we usually do in church. I have become aware of a way we might try doing this and that is by doing ‘Telephone Church’. My intention is that we will do this each week on a Sunday at 11.15am, beginning this Sunday 12th July and if it works carry on as long as we need it. So also enclosed is an order of service which we will use each week and a booklet of hymns, as we’ll try singing – with time delays it might sound a bit cacophonous, but I’m sure God doesn’t mind! Below are the instructions for joining in with ‘Telephone Church’:
Joining instructions
Using your telephone (landline OR mobile) dial:
0333 0164 757

See if you can put your phone on ‘speaker’ or ‘hands free’ so that you can move it away from your ear. This isn’t essential but might make it easier for you.
You will hear a woman’s voice saying “Welcome to Whypay (and a short marketing message)” then, “Please enter your conference room number followed by the hash key”. So using your keypad type in:
10336316 # this is the Room Number
You will then hear the same voice say “Please enter your Guest Pin followed by the hash key”. So using your keypad type in:
1920 # this is the Guest Pin
When you are connected if you are the first on the line some music will play, when someone arrives you will hear a tone, just say hello to each other and when everyone is there we will begin.
And let’s pray for one another that all this will work!
With love and prayers,
Rev’d Ed

Thursday

Live Stream Morning Prayer

Every Thursday at 10 a.m. for 15m

Church Lane
Ratby
Leicester

During the Coronavirus pandemic we are live streaming Morning prayer once a week using different styles via Facebook on the Facebook account of GrobyRatby Rector. Will be later shared on our benefice Facebook Page @StPandStJ.

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Live stream Morning Worship/Prayer
Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Online Night Prayer (Compline)

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 9 p.m. for 15m

Church Lane
Ratby
Leicester

During the Coronavirus pandemic we are streaming Night prayer (Compline) once a week on Tuesdays via Facebook on the Facebook account of GrobyRatby Rector. There will also now be two pre-recorded services for Monday and Wednesday from our Reader, Keith Wignall. This will be shared on our benefice Facebook Page @StPandStJ. The order of service is uploaded to this site if you would like to download and follow.

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Live stream Night Prayer
Sunday

Live Stream Sunday Worship

Every Sunday at 10 a.m. for 30m

Church Lane
Ratby
Leicester

During the Coronavirus pandemic we are streaming Sunday worship via Facebook on the Facebook account of GrobyRatby Rector. Will be later shared on our benefice Facebook Page @StPandStJ and on YouTube (search for Ed Bampton). The order of service each week can be found as an attachment below.

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Recorded service Live stream Eucharist/Holy Communion Common Worship