Church of England Diocese of Guildford Frimley

Opening for quiet prayer

26 Jun 2020, 9 a.m.

Welcome Back Statement

Welcome Back! We’re so pleased that once again the doors of St Peter’s are open for our community to find space and time to pray and encounter our amazing God. However, for the next few weeks both the time and space are restricted, so please can you note the following:

1. We’re starting off by opening the doors twice a week, on a Sunday and a Wednesday at 1000 a.m. until around 1.00 p.m. Yes, those are the regular service times you’re used to! These may be extended as time goes on, so keep an eye on our parish website for updates and changes.

2. Because of the restrictions we have to observe, the building will feel strange to anyone who’s familiar with it. Please can you take on board the notices when you enter and use the sanitising gel before you move to the front pew to spend time in prayer.

3. We’ll do all we can to maintain St Peter’s as a warm and spiritual ‘house of prayer’ but please bear with us if some of the things you’re used to aren’t available yet. We’re hoping to bring them back and ease the restrictions as guidelines permit.

4. Please bring your own Bible or Prayer Book if you find that helpful, as the church ones aren’t to be used. Since we’re likely to have some warm days ahead, please also bring your own bottle of water so that you’re comfortable and don’t feel unwell. But apologies, the toilet has to remain locked for the time being.

5. For now we’re suggesting no more than 4 people in the building at a time, so please wait outside if the front pews are fully occupied. Remember that others will be praying too, so please don’t disturb them. It will be a joy to see friends again, but meetings are not allowed yet inside church so please go outside for catch-up conversations.

6. Although we’re relieved that the crisis is abating, at least for now, please remember in your prayers those who’ve lost loved ones over the past three months, those whose front-line work has left them exhausted or traumatised, and give thanks for everyone who has continued working to keep us going through the lockdown.