The Vicar and Churchwardens met online on 28th July, following the Parochial Church Council meetings of all three churches in the Benefice the previous week, to discuss questions of when and how to open our Benefice church buildings again now that this is permitted under Covid-19 legislation and Church of England guidance.
Following prayerful consideration of all our options, and after conducting risk assessments, we began a slow, gradual, process of resuming activities in a Covid-secure manner in our church buildings across the Benefice of Cople, Moggerhanger, and Willington with all three churches now being fully open for public worship, weddings, and funerals. This will, of course, be subject to any further changes in legislation and lockdown arrangements announced by HM Government and the Church of England.
Weddings and funerals have also now resumed in all three churches, subject to the restrictions on numbers, etc, in the national guidance.
We shall also continue to meet weekly online for a Sunday Morning Praise Service at 9.30am, and to worship God in our homes, pray for one another and our world and support the vulnerable, wherever we are.
If you would like to receive more information about how to join the online service, or to reserve a space for the services in church, please contact the Vicar, Revd Fiona Gibson, on 01234 838145 or email [email protected]
Further detail is available on the "Information during the coronavirus pandemic" page.
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The parish of Cople is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, (PSO). The Diocese of St. Albans safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Further information can be found on the Safeguarding page which you can access via the link on the menu on the home page.