COVID Update

Philippians 2:4
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
Acts 20:35
In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak,
remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said,
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
John 15:12
‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

As you will know Covid restrictions have been lifted, but, we still need to take care.

After discussing these in our staff meeting today may we therefore ask that if you do come to church services in person, and it would be lovely if you did, then you follow the following guidelines:

1. You will be asked for your name and contact phone number on arriving for the Government Test and Trace System

2. We ask that you sanitise your hands on entering, and leaving the church building

3. We ask that you wear a mask at all times whilst in the church building – including whilst singing, unless you are a choir member.

4. When sitting down, please keep a reasonable distance between the person next to you on the pew (unless they are in your Covid Bubble) – we suggest an arm’s length.

5. At the Peace – please only share the Peace physically with those in your Covid Bubble, and nod politely to the rest of the congregation.
Neither Sarah, Pam nor I will be sharing the Peace physically at this moment in time.

6. The Common Cup – this is now allowed under law, but we feel strongly that we should continue to administer Communion as we have been doing for a few months.
i.e.. The Priest will intinct (dip) the host into the wine, and then drop the bread and wine into your hands. Please then return to your seat before consuming the sacrament.
You will no longer have to re-sanitise your hands at this point in the service (the priest will continue to sanitise before touching the host)

7. The collection plate will not be passed around, but if you wish to donate cash then a collection plate will be at the back of church. However, we would encourage you all to join the Parish Giving Scheme – even if you do not pay tax, you may still join the scheme, your donation will then be credited directly into the church bank account.

None of the above is mandatory, but with the infection rate increasing as it is, we believe that these requests are reasonable, and reflect a Christian caring response during these difficult times.

With all God’s Blessings

Revd Robert S Thewsey       Revd Sarah Nesbitt        Revd Pam Gordon

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