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 now open at particular times
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23rd March introducing tight restrictions on people leaving their homes the church building was closed for private prayer, along with any public gatherings, and would not host weddings or baptisms until further notice.
The restrictions were relaxed from 13th June and it is now possible for the church to be open for private prayer. However the precautions which need to be taken mean that it will only be open for comparatively short periods from time to time.
The restrictions were further relaxed from 4th July and it is now possible to hold weddings, baptisms and funerals as well as public worship. Strict controls have to be in place to protect those who attend.
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 will resume on 12th July
Public worship in St Chad’s will resume on Sunday 12th July.
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 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 was not been produced and publication of the magazine was suspended. Publication of the magazine will be resumed with the August issue.
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. The Bishop has changed the date by which the meeting has to be held to October 31.
A new date had been fixed – Sunday 11th October.
Church Electoral Roll revision extended
The date for completion of revision of the Church Electoral Roll has been extended. The date by which the application forms must be returned is now Monday 14th September. 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 will resume 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 will not take place. It is hoped that there will be a Holiday Club in 2021.
Church Fete cancelled
This year’s Church Fete is cancelled due to the current situation. 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