Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford Chingford

Worship continues in lockdown

9 Jan 2021, 4 p.m.
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Public and Online Worship During National Lockdown 3.0

We recognize that the Government has defined communal worship as an essential service, which provides people with the “reasonable excuse” to leave their homes during the National Lockdown. We also recognize that this comes with a certain degree of risk for the participants, from which those with underlying vulnerabilities are required to shield, and to which others may be reluctant to expose themselves.

Therefore, realising the need to balance what is possible, what is prudent, and what is pastoral for the congregations of Chingford Parish, we propose the following changes to our public and online worship during the National Lockdown:


from Sunday 10 January

There will be ONE act of communal worship offered in the parish each Sunday
10.00 am Holy Communion in the Parish Church.

Social distancing will be required, and we will continue to adhere to the risk assessments imposed upon churches by the government regulations.

There will be ONE act of worship offered by the parish each Sunday, which will be published to the Parish Youtube Channel.

Daily Office

Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer will be streamed by the clergy team via Facebook Live, each morning of the week (Monday-Friday).

The Daily Office will also be said in the Parish Church by the Rector, Monday-Friday, with Morning Prayer at 8.30 am and Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm. The church will be opened for those who wish to join in physically.

Church Opening for Private Prayer is, at present, discontinued.

Pastoral Offices

There will be no baptisms conducted in the parish until further notice.

There will be no weddings solemnised in the parish until further notice, with the (unlikely) exception of marriages needing to be contracted in extremis.