You are probably following the progress of the coronavirus in the news and we wanted to reassure you that we are also following developments and following the latest guidance on the Church of England and Government websites which are updated regularly.
Currently our plan is to continue, as usual, with our Sunday services and mid-week gatherings as we are less than 100 at any one time. There are some recommendations from the Church of England regarding gathered worship and they are:
The use of the common cup for communion is suspended; instead communion will be offered 'in one kind' which means bread only.
All those presiding at or preparing for communion should wash their hands before starting.
Worshippers are encouraged not to shake hands during the 'Sign of the Peace' in services.
Direct physical contact such as the laying on of hands as part of a blessing or prayer is suspended.
Leaders, helpers and children attending our groups should wash their hands as soon as they arrive for the start of the session.
Best hygiene practice should continue to be observed in all pastoral contacts.
Door handles, handrails and light switches in the church and church centre are being disinfected as regularly as possible.
This Sunday we will have communion at our 8.45am service but not at our 10.30am service. Our 18.30 service will be as usual in the St Peter’s Room.
If you are feeling at all unwell and especially if you have a temperature, cough, cold or flu, please don’t come to church. Maybe you could play some Christian worship songs, sing along, read a passage of scripture and pray. Spend time thinking about what the Lord is saying to you through His word. Take time to pray….there are many tools on the internet to guide and lead you in worship and prayer if you have to stay at home. Please also be mindful of other members of our church family, particularly the elderly, vulnerable and isolated. As people will become increasingly housebound it's a good chance to care for each other with a quick phone call or an offer to do some shopping.
Please pray and thank God for the dedication, expertise and hard work of health service staff and those in leadership roles in the face of the continued increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
If you are concerned in any way, please call me or email me.
Public Health England recommends that you should take usual infection prevention precautions including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
With love and prayers,
Revd Anita Colpus