Covid Regulations

 

2nd Lockdown November 5th 2020 - December 2nd 2020 prohibits attendance in our church for regular services. Please join with us using ZOOM. Contact Rev Kate Currie for login details

Covid - see below for church attendance regulations when we are allowed to reopen for worship

Dear friends.

We are delighted that the recent change in lockdown restrictions means that we can once again gather together for worship in church, albeit in altered circumstances. We are aware that we need to be very cautious in the way we gather so if you have any of the symptoms of high fever, new cough, loss of taste/smell etc then you must seek a test and stay at home. If you are in the sheltering category then you must stay at home.

Sunday Holy Communion order of service can be found under the SERVICES banner for you to download or some hard copies will be available in church

Mindful of the fact that the virus is still very much with us we offer the following instructions/advice to anyone thinking of attending.

• Everyone must wear a face covering.

• Please wash hands before leaving home for church.

• Enter church through the main door where possible.

• Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit.

• We will be sticking as much as possible to the ‘2 metre rule’, especially inside the building.

• Please take your service booklets away with you when you leave, to use again.

• Generally chairs have been set 2m apart, although seats can be moved together for people from the same household. Some places will be available in the area between the choir stalls and the front row of seats. Carole and Trevor will guide people to suitable seating. We know that everyone will be patient and helpful.

• Kneelers are not to be used.

• There will be a collection plate at the back of church. (Please see note the below regarding our financial giving).

• At this point in time sadly we will not be singing hymns but we can hum along. We will not be able to receive the elements, this will be done on our behalf by the celebrant

• At the end of the service you will be dismissed a row at a time (like being back at school), and asked to leave the building straight away via the disabled access doors. People may well wish to stay and chat. This should be done on the grass in front of church (weather permitting) whilst observing safe distancing rules. There will be no tea or coffee but the toilets will be available.

• It is expected that the service will last around 40 minutes.

Hopefully this does not sound too officious but it is important that we make our church a safe place for us all in which to worship God.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact Revd Kate, Carole Senior or Trevor Langley.

It would be helpful if we had an idea of how many people are likely to attend. (There will be a maximum of 30). Could you please let Trevor know. Tel 864249 email trevor_langley@hotmail.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming people back into church to worship together after such a long time.

The service will continue to be broadcast via the usual links.

Notes regarding our financial giving:

As we start our cautious way back to having services in church questions are being asked regarding collections and weekly envelopes. One area that has changed during the past few months is the use and handling of cash. We know that members of our congregation will have continued to fill their weekly offertory envelopes with cash over the past three months but it would help us tremendously if large volumes of envelopes and cash to count could be avoided.

Several people have contacted us and have set up a direct payment from their bank for the arrears and moving forward have arranged a monthly standing order with their bank to pay directly into the church bank account. We would really appreciate and recommend this method. Our treasurer Geoff Wrigglesworth will be able to supply the church bank details and a template letter to use should you wish to go down this route. Please contact us for further details.

An alternative if this does not suit you would be to give a cheque rather than cash.

With all good wishes

The Parochial Council of St Aidan's

 


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