The precautions and restrictions which are being taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have created a number of changes to our lives.
Church services are suspended from 30th December 2020.
It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to suspend public worship in church for the time being. We are in Tier 4; the hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed and the new strains of the virus are very easily spread, so it seems inappropriate to ask people to gather, even in a socially distanced way with all precautions in place.
The church building is open for private prayer
The church will be open for private prayer on most days. The times may vary depending when the keyholders are able to open and close the church. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch. Please observe the instructions in the notice on the door, which include the need to wear a face covering, using hand sanitiser and not going into the church if someone else is already in there.
Services will be held online
Worship online will continue. Details of the services and how to find them are on the Worship on the Web page of this website.
Giving to the church
While normal services are not being held there will inevitably be a reduction in the money which the church receives. However we will need to continue to pay our bills and we would ask that those who can afford to do so should continue to give regularly.
Although it will not be possible to put money in the plate there are a number of other ways in which you can give to the church. These include the Giving Direct scheme, Just Giving, a standing order or even one off transfers to the church bank account. Details of all of these can be found on the Giving page of this website.
Easter cards and Parish News Magazine
The Easter cards which would normally be delivered to all homes in the parish were not produced this year.
The April magazine was delivered as usual and we are grateful to all who assisted in achieving this.
The May magazine was not been produced and publication of the magazine was suspended. Publication of the magazine resumed with the August issue.
Annual Church Meeting postponed
The annual church meeting, due to take place in April was postponed, so the current churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and PCC members continued in office. The Bishop changed the date by which the meeting has to be held to October 31.
The meeting was held on Sunday 11th October when churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and PCC members were elected. It is expected that the 2021 annual church meeting will be held in April 2021.
Church Electoral Roll revision extended
The date for completion of revision of the Church Electoral Roll was extended until Monday 14th September. It has now been completed but applications to join the electoral roll can be made at any time. If you are not on the Roll and would like to be you should complete a form and let Michelle Pass, the electoral roll officer, have it. Forms can be downloaded from the website and sent by email.
Who’s for Lunch suspended
The Who’s for Lunch lunches, which are normally held on the third Thursday of the month, are suspended for the time being. It is hoped that they can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
Century Club resuming after suspension
The Century Club draws were suspended after the February 2020 draw and subscriptions were frozen. The draws resumed from Monday 27th July.
Monthly subscribers will be contacted to arrange payment where necessary. Annual subscriptions will now be due on 1st December rather than 1st August to take account of the four month hiatus.
Holiday Club cancelled
This year’s Holiday Club did not take place. It is hoped that there will be a Holiday Club in 2021.
Church Fete cancelled
This year’s Church Fete was cancelled. Next year’s fete will take place on Saturday 3rd July 2021.
Scarecrow Festival postponed to 2021
The 2020 Scarecrow Festival has been postponed until September 2021