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 were suspended but have resumed from 21st March 2021.
We have decided to restart services in church from Sunday 21st March. Initially, and probably until at least the end of April, the pattern of services will continue as it was in December and the online services will continue.
Each Sunday there will be a service in church at 10 am which will include screening the Worship on Web service and a short communion service. There will also be a Commmunion service each Wednesday at 10 am.
We will still not be able to share the chalice so communion will continue in one kind only. We will have to continue observing the covid precautions – wearing face coverings, hand sanitising, observing social distancing, not mingling and not singing.
The church building is open for private prayer
The church will be open for private prayer on most days, except Sundays. 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 keeping apart from anyone else who 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.
2020 Easter cards and Parish News Magazine
The Easter cards which would normally be delivered to all homes in the parish were not produced in 2020. The April 2020 magazine was delivered as usual and we are grateful to all who assisted in achieving this. Publication of the magazine was then suspended. It resumed with the August 2020 issue.
2020 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. The 2021 annual church meeting will be held on Sunday 18th April 2021.
2020 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. The date for the completion of the 2021 revision is Wedneday 31st March.
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 resumed 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.
2020 Holiday Club cancelled
The 2020 Holiday Club did not take place. A decision will be made in due course about whether there will be a Holiday Club in 2021.
Church Fete cancelled
The 2020 Church Fete was cancelled. The 2021 Church Fete has also now been cancelled.
The first weekend of July, when the fete is due to be held, is less than two weeks after the earliest date on which most of the current restrictions will be lifted according to the government’s roadmap. Due to the numbers involved both in planning and running the fete and in attending the PCC has decided that it will not be possible to hold the fete as usual this year and has therefore taken the decision to cancel it now. Once the restrictions are lifted we hope to be able to arrange some suitable alternative but that will clearly be later in the year.
Scarecrow Festival postponed to 2021
The 2020 Scarecrow Festival has been postponed until September 2021