Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Dilton's Marsh

Letter from the Team vicar re Church reopening

4 Jul 2020, 7:45 p.m.
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Dear All,

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">All Saints and Holy Trinity will be opening in July. This will be in a limited format to begin with as we edge towards what might be seen as our normal service provision -there are many things we are still unable to do as part of our church life. So, we are excited and cautious as we aim to reopen our churches.</span>

Both churches are currently open on Saturdays 10-12 for private prayer. It is possible to light a candle in both churches as well as to talk with a steward and to ask for prayer - it is not possible to lay on hands at this time.

All Saints will be open Sunday 5th and 19th for a service of Holy Communion. The service will begin at 9.30am. Sadly, we are unable to offer singing of hymns at this time. Holy Communion will be the Host only. Social distancing will apply.

Holy Trinity will be opening Sundays 12th and 26th for services of Holy Communion. Please note that the time will be 9.30am. This is to ensure that if we have a large number of people there is time to login to zoom and to join Melanie for online worship. This is a temporary measure. The same safety measures will be adhered to, as well as use of the screen.

We understand that for some this will be disappointing as they may like to return to the church building each week and for services to resume as previously experienced however, this is not possible at this time. We hope that people will understand that we are being cautious in the hope of safeguarding everyone, church members, visitors and clergy.

It will be up to individuals to decide if they would like to wear face coverings. Hand gel will be provided upon entry and on exit.

We will be reviewing our practice monthly according to the latest guidance from the government and from our Bishops.

Each week we will continue the Zoom services, so that those who are shielding or needing to be careful about limiting their number of contacts can still worship across the Team from their own home.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">With every Blessing,</span>

Caroline

Tel 01373 596104

Team Vicar with White Horse Ministry team

Serving the Parishes of Westbury with Westbury Leigh and

Dilton Marsh with Brokerswood