Sunday Service & Mid-week Private Prayer
(during restricted opening / use of building due to the Covid 19 Pandemic and restrictions)
Introductory note from the Vicar:
On Sunday 16th August, at 9.30am, we are planning to open the Church building for a very limited Sunday Service.
In addition to that, we are planning to open the Church building, again in a very limited way, for Private Prayer on Wednesday mornings from Wednesday 12th August.
This document explains what the procedures will be in both cases, and what restrictions will be placed upon those who attend.
These procedures have been worked out according to the Church of England’s and the Government’s guidance. They are being put into place by the Standing Committee of Christ Church, and have been approved by a meeting of our PCC (which took place on Tuesday 4th August)
Many of the restrictions are challenging, and painful for us all, but we want to be able to move towards opening our building in the best, and safest, way we can.
I must stress that, as Christians, we are called to be law-abiding (see Romans 13), to ‘treat others the way you would like to be treated’ (Matthew 7:12) and to ‘consider others more significant than ourselves’ (Philippians 2:3). Those three principles are reasons why we must keep to these procedures. Furthermore, if we do not keep to them, we could face the prospect of our building being closed again, or worse - by our behaviour enabling the virus to spread.
You will note that we are having to introduce:
· A Booking System
· Face-mask wearing
· Social-distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times
· A ‘Track and Trace’ system
· A strict limit on the number of people being in the building
I do appeal to everyone to be patient with us during these difficult times, and to work within these necessary guidelines.
I am deeply indebted to the Standing Committee, and other members of the PCC, and to the other volunteers, who have helped us, and continue to help us, move forward in the right direction.
I want to, on your behalf, and on my own behalf, express our deepest gratitude to them.
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