FEBRUARY UPDATE

We will begin a cautious and tapered return to onsite services in February. When reviewing the issues and options, the PCC Standing Committee were acutely aware of the diverse needs, risks, and perceptions about this issue. Pooling these considerations, the following pattern will be adopted:

Sundays (starting February 7th)

  • 8am               Holy Communion, St Michael’s (AL3 4SL)
  • 9.30am          Youtube service – this will be a release of a recording of the previous Wednesday’s service of Holy Communion; there will be no onsite 9.30am service until further improvements permit us to gather with the sort of numbers which might wish to attend.
  • 11.15am        All Age Morning Praise, St Michael’s
  • 6pm               Evening Service, St Mary’s (AL3 6JJ)

Wednesdays

  • 9am School Service, Youtube (ongoing)
  • 10.30am Holy Communion, St Michael’s (starting February 2nd)

Monday to Thursday

  • 9am Morning Prayer by Zoom (ongoing)

Everyday

  • Both churches remain open, at least 9am – 5pm.

The above balance between online and onsite provision allows us to restore those onsite services which are easier to deliver and traditionally more sparsely attended. Crucially this includes an in-person offering which is accessible to our younger members (Sundays 11.15am), while retaining the capacity to provide an online service for those who remain at home.

Some important caveats to the above:

  • If you are in the government’s priority categories for vaccination we would love to see you in person – but not yet! We strongly encourage over 70s and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ not to attend onsite until at least 2-3 weeks after your first jab, and we ask instead that you engage with our digital worship by Youtube or Zoom.
  • If you attend onsite, please remember you are coming to talk with God not one another. While we normally love social interaction, this is currently prohibited.
  • Attendance at onsite Sunday services in St Michael’s will again be managed by Doodle Poll – please see our weekly email for this; to subscribe, please contact admin.stmichaels@btconnect.com
  • The above pattern is tentative and will be subject to further review as we head through the month. We also have the flexibility to respond to changes in the local picture, including if key colleagues need to isolate.

What can I expect during onsite services at the present time?

  • 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

To view our previous Digital Services, please click here to visit the relevant page of our website.