Opening the Church
This page was last updated on 21 July - please check here regularly for updates.
Coming to church?
There is now a service in church every Sunday and Wednesday morning, although evening services will remain online only for the time being. We are not yet back to normal entirely, though we look forward to when that is the case, but this is very welcome progress.
We have made some further changes to recognise the relaxation of national health restrictions in England from 19 July, but we are conscious that locally the virus transmission in our community remains high and it is important for all of us to remain cautious to some degree.
Our church stewards have met and suggest that people attending services do continue to wear face masks unless exempt, and they will be doing so themselves. We also ask that people in church do please maintain an element of social distancing. For the time being we will also keep the current one way system around the church, but it is no longer necessary to book in advance if you are coming.
If you are coming to worship with us:
Please do continue to wear a face covering unless you are exempt, even though that is now only the government's strong advice not a legal requirement.
Please do continue to observe social distancing. The stewards will help you to sit safely. Please help them by keeping a prudent distance from those outside your household or support bubble.
Please do continue to be considerate. Some of us jumped at the first possible opportunity to rush back to church in person. For others, our experience through the pandemic has left us anxious. Some of us will want to sit quietly and soak up the experience in our own time.
We hope you will find services rewarding and enriching. There will be all the elements of worship you may be expecting, but for now some things will still be a bit different, even as legal restrictions are changing into advice and guidance. We will be adapting gradually and prayerfully, and with the benefit of advice from the NHS and from the national Methodist Church, to cater for things like communal singing and to open up the possibility of welcoming you to church with refreshments again. Drinking tea together and singing together are intrinsic to our Methodist heritage!
Upcoming events and services
With God's help we'll be blowing the cobwebs from the "services" and "events" pages on the website very soon. For now though, we will list here the opportunities for you to come to church.
Wednesday morning services are back! Every Wednesday morning at 10.30 am there's an opportunity to join us for a short service. Book a spot to join us. Once a month services are streamed for you to watch live or later on the Circuit YouTube site. Here are the worship leaders for the Wednesdays in July:
7 July service led by Mr Bob Dauncey
14 July service led by Mrs Diana Bosman
21 July service led by Deacon Marilyn Slowe
28 July service led by Deacon Marilyn
Sunday morning services are back! We began, appropriately enough, with Pentecost when we celebrate the birth of the worldwide church (have a look at Marilyn and Stephen's letter) Sunday morning worship has resumed, at our church and our sister churches. Click here for the preaching plan. Once a month the service from our church will also stream on the Circuit YouTube site.
Stay on top of any changes by subscribing here to the weekly Circuit Bulletin.
Don't forget the prayer garden at church. Please take advantage of it if that is convenient for you. It can be a pleasant and comfortable place to sit peacefully for a while and share a moment with God. Thank you so much to the volunteers who have been sprucing up the church gardens - you've done a great job.
If you would like someone to pray for you, or with you, or for a particular concern that is on your heart
call the prayer line number which is 07942 581223
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