Service patterns remain tentative so keep checking our communication channels for updates. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we continue to experiment and review.

We are presently offering 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

  • Please ensure that you arrive five minutes before the start of the service, otherwise the stewards may reallocate spaces to others who are waiting.
  • If you have not booked in, you may still turn up to a service but we will prioritise spaces for those who have indicated their intent on the Doodle poll.
  • If you wish Communion and are relaxed about timings, we encourage you to attend the 8am service.

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 (gloved) 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.

Relay into school hall

Demand outstrips supply at the 9.30am service. We aim to stay united in worship as, from September 20th, we will be increasing the number of bubbles who can attend from 33 to 51 by means of a TV relay from church onto the big screen in the adjacent school hall. Places will be allocated on a rotating alphabetical basis: if bookings on the Doodle poll exceed the 33 bubbles that we can fit into church, a segment of the alphabet will be seated in the hall. This segment will change week by week so that we are fair to everybody. Some people will not be in school because they have a role to play that can only be done in church (e.g. singing, reading, serving). Also, if you have issues with hearing, sight, mobility, etc., which might significantly impede your ability to access the service in the school hall, do please discuss with the clergy or wardens.

Communion will come through to the hall from church, including gluten-free for those who wish.

Managing the present requirements means that we need more stewarding: could you give some time to this, 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

Ad hoc items continue to be loaded onto our Youtube channel. Following the end of the formal shielding period at the beginning of August, we are no longer issuing regular Sunday services online. If you choose to remain at home at this time, we encourage you to access online worship from the Cathedral or other local providers.

WEEKDAYS

Morning Prayer (9.00-9.30am) continues by Zoom. To obtain the Zoom code, please subscribe to our regular email via admin.stmichaels@btconnect.com

Wednesdays – 10.30am Holy Communion (St Michael’s)