This page will be updated as and when new guidance from Government and the Church of England is published.
As of this Sunday, mask wearing will be optional in church.If you wish to wear a mask or visor you are very welcome to do so.
If you feel yourself to be unwell (particularly with Covid/virus symptoms) we would, as a temporary measure ask that you watch online instead of coming in person to protect the most vulnerable.
This will at some point not be needed, but will help in the short term to protect people.
We would be grateful if for a few more weeks people could choose to wear masks whilst in the services on a Sunday morning. This is just whilst the numbers go down a bit more in our area and because we are singing which is higher risk activity.
We will review this weekly and decide if we can move to no longer asking for masks to be worn (although people can continue to wear them if they wish after that point).
As of this Sunday our youth group will only need to wear masks in the main church and not when in groups or mid-week activities. Children do not need to wear masks at all.
We know as we proceed that some will feel we are changing too fast, and some too slow. We are trying to be mindful of those who for varying reasons feel at greater risk, whilst bearing in mind we cannot wear masks indefinitely and for some people it is keeping them away from church as for others the lack of them would cause them angst in coming.
Any questions please do email me.
As evidence shows that children are spreading Covid-19 even if they are asymptomatic, we strongly advise that children wear face masks in church if you (as parents/carers) think they are competent to do correctly.
If you have someone in your house who has tested positive for Covid-19, we recommend that you take a lateral flow test before coming to church.
Thank you for your understanding.
Following the Government announcement last week, Matt Levinsohn has produced a video message which will update you on what we are doing at All Saints. You can watch the video on the link below:
We have reviewed our Risk Assessment and there is no longer a need to book a seat to attend our Sunday services.
Please note that we will ask you to wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and to use the one-way system,
If you wish to seat next to you to be left free, there are notices which you can put on the chair next to you. Please pick one of these up at the back of church on your way in, if you wish to do so.
In line with the announcement from Matt Levinsohn, made at our Sunday services yesterday, some restrictions on our services have been lifted.
- Singing will now be allowed.
- We will encourage you to continue wearing a mask.
- You will still need to book a seat, and numbers allowed to attend services have increased.
- Bookings can now be done via Church Suite (for church members) as well as contacting the office – email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will be able to put a notice on the chair next to you if you would like it to be kept empty.
In light of the announcement for statutory measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 being removed on the 19th July, please be assured that we as the church want to take a measured approach, seeking to balance our desire to meet and sing, with the feelings of unease still felt by some and potentially many.
We await government guidance, Church of England guidance, and will be inviting comment from the congregation before deciding what our approach will be after the 19th July.
The time of our second Sunday morning service has now reverted back to 10.30am
We are really pleased to announce that from Sunday 14 March, you will be able to attend our services in person. It will be wonderful to have our church family back in our church building together. Our services from 14 March will be:
Sunday 14 March – 11am
Sunday 21 March – 9am
Sunday 28 March – 9am & 11am
We will be holding two services a week from 28 March.
Numbers are still restricted so you will need to book a seat, please email , or call the office 01642 783814 to do so.
Our services will continue to be live-streamed.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the nation to pause, pray and remember the 100,000 people ‘known to God and cherished by God’
They are inviting us to pray as a nation at 6pm each evening. A copy of their letter can be viewed here.
In view of the new restrictions, our Church Wardens have made the decision, that during lockdown we will live-steam one service per week. Please see the Sunday page of our website for details of the services.
Our office staff are currently working from home on reduced hours. If you need to contact All Saints’, you can email us or telephone on 01642 783814 and leave a message on the answerphone. We are able to remotely access any messages left and will call you back on Tuesday-Thursday morning.
Please click here to read a copy of a letter from our Church Wardens regarding our services during lockdown.
Following the end of lockdown on 2nd December, we will be able to allow people to attend our services again. Please contact the office if you wish to book a seat by telephone on 01642 783814 (Tues-Thurs 9.30-11.30) You will need to leave a message on our answerphone and we will call you back. Or if you cannot call between these times, please email us.
Please click here to see a letter from our Church Wardens with an update on our services during lockdown.
Please click here to see a letter from our Church Wardens regarding our services in November which will be live streamed.
Our Church Wardens have written to all Church Members giving details of our services in October, please click here to read a copy of their letter.
We now have confirmation that the new Government ‘rule of six’ restriction does not apply to places of worship which means we can continue to hold our services in our Church building. Please remember that you need to book a seat before attending, as explained here.
OPENING THE BUILDING AT ALL SAINTS
Our church wardens sent a letter to all church members regarding the re-starting of our services in our church building. You can read a copy of the letter here.
If you have any questions please email the church office
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.