The precautions and restrictions which are being taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have created a number of changes to our lives.
The church building is closed
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23rd March introducing tight restrictions on people leaving their homes the church building is closed for private prayer, along with any public gatherings, and will not host weddings or baptisms until further notice.
In accordance with the guidance from the Church of England as to which activities are essential and appropriate it will not be possible to keep the church clock wound, nor to put the time forward.
The church community continues to be active offering prayer and support to those who need it. The Vicar is available by phone or email to those who need her. She is offering regular prayers and thoughts on Facebook.
We encourage everyone to keep an eye out for their neighbours and offer help as needed. It may be better to phone if there is a possibility that they are self isolating.
All public worship is supended
Public worship in St Chad’s is suspended until further notice and St Chad’s is closed. We do not know when we are likely to be able to resume public worship but it seems unlikely that it will be within the next couple of months.
Worship online is being arranged. 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 are not being produced this year.
The April magazine was delivered as usual and we are grateful to all who assisted in achieving this.
The May magazine has not been produced. Publication of the magazine has now been suspended while the current restrictions apply. We will resume publication and distribute as normal once we are able to do so.
Annual Church Meeting postponed
The annual church meeting, due to take place in April has been postponed, so the current churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and PCC members will continue in office. A new date will be fixed once things are clearer. The Bishop has changed the date by which the meeting has to be held to October 31.
Church Electoral Roll revision extended
There is now no need to complete the revision of the Church Electoral Roll by the end of March. A new date will be announced when the date of the annual meeting is known. 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 suspended
The Century Club draws are suspended until further notice. Subscriptions are frozen. Once we are able to resume the renewal date of subscribers will be delayed by the number of months for which the draws were suspended.