Services have resumed again onsite after the second national shutdown. Service patterns remain tentative so keep checking our communication channels for updates.

We continue to pray for the best and plan for the worst. We have robust contingencies in place if key personnel need to self-isolate or if any of our buildings become unavailable at short notice.

At present we are usually running four Sunday services:

  • 8am Holy Communion – at St Michael’s, AL3 4SL – traditional language – 35 minutes
  • 9.30am Parish Communion – at St Michael’s – modern language – 50 minutes
  • 11.15am All-Age Morning Praise – at St Michael’s – 25 minutes
  • 6pm Evening Service – at St Mary’s AL3 6JJ – 40 minutes

We need your help to manage spatially-distanced bubbles at these services – to guarantee a space, please let us know which you intend to attend: there is a Doodle poll accessible from our circular email; to subscribe, please contact admin.stmichaels@btconnect.com

And on Wednesdays there is:

  • 10.30am Holy Communion – at St Michael’s – modern language – 30 minutes

What can I expect on the day?

  • Entrance and exit to church will be through the main porch only.
  • Outside you will be met by a steward who will take your name for Track and Trace.
  • Another steward will offer you a service booklet. The booklets have been quarantined in the vestry but if you prefer to download to a phone or tablet please click here for the 8am service booklet and click here for the 9.30am service booklet and click here for the 6pm Evensong service booklet and click here for the 6pm Holy Communion service booklet. The 11.15am service is so simple there is no booklet!
  • Another steward will then show you to a pew. Please accept their allocation.
  • Face-coverings are presently required by the government inside places of worship.
  • Hand-sanitiser is available but please bring your own if you want to sanitise before communion.
  • Surfaces are sanitised between services.
  • All ages are welcome at all services, but we draw the 11.15am to the attention of parents with younger children.
  • Parents, please remain responsible for keeping your children appropriately distanced. Children’s worksheets will be available in advance from our Children’s Church leaders Jo Fabian (Years R to 2) and Pauline Wiley (Years 3-7). We are presently asking parents to bring supporting materials such as books, toys and crayons. We are not able to provide a children’s corner yet, but have created new floor space in the north aisle by pushing some seating against the wall.
  • Donations to FEED foodbank may be made at both churches.
  • The heating is now on but do come wrapped up – in the age of coronavirus, draughts are known as ventilation.

Our amazing stewards are doing a brilliant job of greeting people with  warmth and efficiency. Could you give some time to this ministry, especially while other areas of church life (e.g. coffee and chalice assistance) remain dormant? Please get in touch with Sue Dyson with offers of help.

ONLINE

Interactive digital worship continues in the form of Morning Prayer by Zoom, Monday to Thursday 9.00-9.30am. The code for this is contained in our email circular; to subscribe, please contact admin.stmichaels@btconnect.com

Ad hoc items continue to be loaded onto our Youtube channel. If you choose to remain at home at this time, we encourage you to access online worship from the Cathedral or other local providers. To view our previous Digital Services, please click here to visit the relevant page of our website.