CHURCH IN COMMUNITY
St George’s, Georgeham;
St Mary’s, Croyde;
St George’s House; Christian Surfers UK
Current News and Notices
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.
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-
2.00pm, and each week thereafter, assuming a demand.
This new normality is in a state of flux, and it may be that no-
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-
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!
opportunities for prayer in Church, and, if you come, follow all safety directions for
your own well-
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
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!
Our group coffee morning is on every Friday at 11 am using the “Zoom conference video software”.
For this week entry details contact Rev’d Mike Newbon or refer to the email sent to you.
To take part in this get together on-
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.