RE-OPENING CHURCH AND PUBLIC WORSHIP
St George’s will re-open for the Sung Eucharist on Sunday 5th July at 11am.
We have taken many precautions to comply with Government guidance so our services will feel rather different and there will be limits on what we can do and where we can sit. And most sadly of all we are not allowed to sing! PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED LEAFLET CAREFULLY ON WHAT TO EXPECT AT ST GEORGE’S.
For those who feel able to come, we really look forward to welcoming you.
Please come in good time to be seated before 11am.
The lift will be in use but there will be no toilet facilities.
It is over three months since I wrote to you to explain that public worship and all other activities were being stopped because of the pandemic.
These weeks have been strange and difficult for all of us and I know that they have been very hard indeed for some.
But at the same time I have been incredibly heartened by the prayers, encouragement and support of so many people. For example, it has been wonderful to see your comments on facebook during our livestreamed services.
I want to pay a huge tribute to Fr David and Kate as well as Wagner and Raphael and the many volunteers who have supported our food distribution work. Also to Jonathan Pix for his innovative work in taking the Music Academy online. And to Laura Elworthy who has been a fantastic support to me in bringing services into your homes as well as to Amanda Hill, Fr David’s fiancé for her support to him.
Following the Government’s decision to allow public worship to recommence, St George’s will re-open on 5th July for our Eucharist at 11am.
Everyone is very welcome to attend our service though in the unlikely event that numbers exceed our capacity to enable everyone to be safe and observe social distancing we will sadly have to limit the number attending. In which case, we will suggest that you return shortly after the service has finished in order to receive Holy Communion and a blessing.
It is very important that we look after one another and do everything we can to prevent further transmission of the virus. We are putting measures in place that may feel strange:
- There will be no congregational singing
- We will have a one-way system
- As before lockdown, Holy Communion will be given in one kind only
- We will not exchange the peace or move about during the peace
- And we will need to take your details in case of the need for contact tracing. We will keep these for 21 days and use them for no other purpose and then destroy them.
We will keep all this under review and learn as we go along so please do give us your thoughts and comments.
Over the summer, the staff team will each be taking some much needed holiday which hasn’t been possible up to now. Thank you so much for your prayers, generosity and support to us and to one another during this time.
God bless you
Fr Jonathan Sedgwick
St George the Martyr