This page will be updated as and when new guidance from Government and the Church of England is published.
OPENING THE BUILDING AT ALL SAINTS
We wanted to give you all an update in relation to opening the building at All Saints.
Obviously, things will be different for quite a while into the future. We are receiving lots of guidance from The Church of England and our local Diocese on how to open safely. We are thinking this through and doing our best to make careful risk assessments for each type of activity. At time of writing we have been given permission to open for private prayer, weddings, and funerals.
However, we are not able to open until the end of the present REACh building project when we will have a new chapel and space for worship with great sound and light facilities. This project was interrupted by the shutdown and is now is due to finish at the end of July. We hope to open in early August for morning prayer, some kind of service with small numbers and any meetings that might be permissible by then. We will give you updates as soon as there is any further information and thank you for your patience. The guidance from the Church of England is that we should only open for any service/meeting that is thought to be safe, and not rush this process.
To date we are only able to open the building for church activities and the Government has not given permission for any external hirers to use the building.
We are all looking forward to meeting together in person once again but meanwhile may you continue to be blessed and protected by God.
If you have any questions please email the church office
Martin Howard and Karen Killick, Churchwardens
The biggest challenge we will face in the next few weeks (and perhaps months) is ensuring pastoral support for isolated, sick or economically hard pressed individuals. This is too great a burden for clergy and the pastoral team alone. We are all the Body of Christ. We are introducing a plan where we ‘adopt’ someone else in the congregation to phone regularly and offer practical help to. “Little children, love one another.”
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, we encourage you to join with us in prayer. The church has faced plagues and pestilence before – and it has often proved to be our finest hour.
- Pray for health professionals across the world who are on the front line responding to the outbreak and for scientists working on vaccines.
- Pray for God’s healing, peace and restoration for all those affected by this virus.
- Pray for wisdom for all people in a position of leadership as they make difficult decisions around responding to the outbreak.
- Why not say the Lord’s Prayer as you wash your hands? It takes about the time recommended to wash them thoroughly.