A Message from the Rector

In the light of the rapidly changing situation with regards to the Coronavirus, we are endeavouring to follow best practice with regards to church services and activities.

At the present time Church services are happening as normal with some precautionary measures in place.

At Holy Communion, apart from the celebrant, Holy Communion is received in one kind only.

Normal greetings such as handshaking and hugging are to be avoided to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you happen to cough or sneeze, please use a tissue, bin it and wash your hands as soon as possible.

Please wash your hands. Soap and water are good protection against Coronavirus if gels or sanitisers aren’t available.

The symptoms of the virus include a cough, fever, sore throat and shortness of breath. If you are displaying any of these symptoms please stay at home and contact your GP.

If you have been advised to self isolate, please do not attend any services or events in church until advised by a medical professional that it is safe to do so.

In the light of our duty of care we regretfully will be suspending until further notice our toddlers group, Sunday schools, the Anchor Boys and Boys’ Brigade from the week beginning Monday 16th March. 

All catering in the hall will be suspended until further notice, including the serving of tea/coffee and biscuits at the Connect service and funeral teas and the provision of refreshments at any of our organisations. Root soup, our twice monthly lunch, will also be suspended.

There are many who want to be able to support and care for those who are elderly or vulnerable in the current situation. Can we please encourage parishioners to phone neighbours and fellow parishioners to see if they need assistance? For those who are seeking to be of assistance in the community can I direct your attention to a facebook group called ‘Help the vulnerable’ that seeks to offer help to people with shopping or collecting prescriptions. If you are well and could help with those things your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Rather than passing collection plates they will be left at the back of the church for those wishing to bring their free will offering.

If you are elderly or feel isolated because of the virus please do get in touch as we would like to help in any practical way possible. Phone the rector on 02890 793822.

These are anxious and difficult times and we do encourage people to pray about the situation. There are some prayer guidelines on the parish website and facebook page.

We continue to trust God who is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46 verse 1)