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OPENING THE CHURCH FOR SERVICES...

You might have heard that the Prime Minister has now announced that places

of worship, including Churches, can open for services as the next phase of our

release from lockdown! It will still not be church as we have known it, but it

will allow us to start meeting in church for the occasional ‘said service’, whilst

observing all rules re: social distancing and appropriate caution, and action,

re: the spread of Coronavirus.

My suggestion at this point is to plan for a communion service on July 26th,

and all fourth Sunday’s thereafter, whilst continuing with virtual church for

the rest of each month. That is until we are allowed to worship more fully in

the church building.

Because of the limits of social distancing (holding to the 2 metre guidelines),

I am proposing we do the same ‘said service’ twice, once at 10.00am, and

again at 11.00am.

What I need from the church family is that you contact either Lorraine or

Anthony to tell us which of those two times is a preference, so that we might

get them balanced for numbers. Even if you have no preference for either

time, please contact them to tell us that, so we might contact you to

recommend which service would be best to attend.

This is all dependent on government and diocesan guidelines which we have

not as yet fully analised, especially concerning communion, which, I suspect,

in the first instance will shared in one kind (bread only).

As we keep being reminded, the virus has not gone away, so we need to

exercise caution at all stages. But we can look forward to these small

gatherings as part of the rich experience of worship we have been enjoying

during lockdown, so I hope you will bare with us in the season of transition.

All blessings

Mike Newbon

LORRAINE - 07827 448692

ANTHONY - 07771 930749

OPENING OUR CHURCHES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

Further to my letter asking for volunteers to open the Church for Private Prayer, I am

pleased to be able to announce that we will be opening St. George’s for prayer as of

the 6th July, from 2.00-4.00pm and St. Mary’s as of 10th July for an hour from

2.00pm, and each week thereafter, assuming a demand.

This new normality is in a state of flux, and it may be that no-one feels the need to go

in to our Church buildings to pray, so after a trial period we may find it better to

allow those volunteers to use their time in a different way, and close off the church

again for those two time slots, but its important that we give this a go, for both the

Church family, and for our community.

Anthony and Lorraine have been working hard to make sure that all safety aspects of

using the church for prayer are considered, and if you pop down to St. George’s

during those two hours, you will find you will have limited access to the building, and

a number of posters to remind you to socially distance, and to use the provided hand

sanitiser both coming in and leaving the church. There will be a number of chairs

assigned for pray-ers, which will be immediately rotated once they have been sat on.

So we feel there is reason to be confident that we are following the guidelines well for

keeping volunteers and visitors safe, but we all need to apply common sense within

all of this!

DO - consider for yourselves whether you would like to use one or other of these

opportunities for prayer in Church, and, if you come, follow all safety directions for

your own well-being and the safety of others. But, more importantly, phone others,

who you might assume will not get this email, whether from the Church family or

from the community who might want to pop to church to share their thoughts and

concerns with God. Basically get the word out there, so that people are aware of what

we are trying to do to begin opening the Church after lockdown.

There will be a suggested selection of prayers available just in case anyone finds the

words to say hard. This sheet is designed to be taken away once used, again for social

safety reasons.

Beyond opening for prayer, we now have permission to open for small ‘said’ services,

and you will have a separate interim letter from me via email very soon. I say interim,

because on Friday I will be joining a two hour Zoom meeting with archdeacons, as

they share the guidelines from the diocese. Assuming we have interpreted the

information correctly, we plan to have two services at St. George’s on Sunday the

29th July, one at 10am, followed by one at 11am. It will be a communion service each

time, with communicants receiving just bread at this time. This will be the first

monthly communion using the same format. Again do share this plan with others

who might not get the news any other way!

All blessings

Mike Newbon

890616

rev.mikenewbon@gmail.com


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The Rev’d Caroline Raby, a member of our Mission Community, is preparing two midweek reflections on theophany. Those reflections are presented in a written paper and backed up by an audio file as an alternative script. They can be accessed from the home page by clicking on the icon in the bottom right hand corner of that page.