Gathered Worship resumed at St John’s on Wednesday 8th July.
From 12th August, we are resuming service of Holy Communion, with service times as below:
10am: Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer (weekly)
*For our 11am Sunday Service, in August we will have Holy Communion on 16th and 30th August. From then on, it will Service of the Word on 1st & 3rd Sundays and Holy Communion on 2nd & 4th Sundays
We have produced full congregational guideance for returning to worship, which can be downloaded below. We have also produced a short film explaining some of the measures we have in place.
From August 8th, face coverings are now mandatory in a range of indoor venues, including places of worship and church halls. While there are exemptions (including for children under 11 and for those unable to wear them), this is now a legal requirement.
Face coverings should securely fit over nose and mouth and round the side of the face, so for worshippers they need to be either reusable cloth or single use items (not visors). Those leading and preaching at services are exempt whilst leading, to enable communication, particularly with those who rely on lip-reading, facial expressions or clear sound. However, they will be wearing face masks whilst setting up, greeting etc. Full details of the guidance (including exemptions) can be found here:
Our congregation guidance has recently being updated, to include guideance for services of Holy Communion. You can download this below.
Thank you in advance for understanding!
Main points of this guideance include...
All services will be non-Eucharistic. Once we have settled into the new pattern of worship and all the measure we need to put into place, we will hopefully look at reintroducing Holy Communion on at least a monthly basis.
Sadly, there will be non-congregational singing for the near future. However, music will be provided at both the 9:30am and 11am Sunday Services, in the form of organ and instrumental music and vocal solos from members of the choir.
A comprehensive risk assessment will have been undertaken. Physical distancing will be in place at all times in the church building. Our duty wardens and sides-people will help ensure that appropriate space is left between households and there will be a one-way system around the church. For this reason, please do try to arrive at services with plenty of time!
You will be asked to use hand-sanitizer on the way into church. Face coverings are encouraged but will not be mandatory.
There will be a limited capacity for each Sunday (exact number to be confirmed, but we expect about 45 for the All Age and 35 for other services). Results from the congregational survey mean that we hope there will be a fairly even distribution between the various services. We are not proposing asking you to ‘book’ for services. However, we will have to turn people away if this capacity is reached. This feels very contrary to anything we would want to do in ‘normal times’, so please do give us your understanding if this proves necessary! In the first instance, please only come to one service each week.
Because they will have lower attendance, we would strongly encourage those who are considered more vulnerable to choose to come to either the Sunday 6pm or Wednesday 10am services.
Because we know that some members of the congregation will be continuing to shield, or will not be able to attend gathered worship for other reasons, we are aiming to video the 11am Service, so that it will be available to view later in the day. Do bear with us on this – we are all learning and we cannot guarantee it will work well first time! When we issue guidance later in the week, we will also share with you details of other online church services that be available on Sunday mornings.