29th January 2021:
Following our recent Standing Committee meeting we will continue to open our churches in line with Government guidance and maintaining full COVID safety. We are maintaining our current pattern of Wednesday and Sunday morning services in our churches, although the services will be said, there will be no Sunday Zone at St. Paul's- we will also not be sharing communion in either church at present. Neither church will be open for private prayer. In reviewing our policies we have focussed on St Martin’s and its capacity. St Martin’s is a small church which means that there isn't space to safely accommodate more worshippers than we currently welcome. We are therefore encouraging people to visit St Paul's or attend our online services where you will be able to participate and worship with us in a safer way.
We are continuing our on-line services in the week, recording the 10.30 service at St Paul’s and there is now a Zoom Service on a Sunday morning, allowing more people to participate and interact with each other every week.
We know that many people will not want to come at present and each of us need to take seriously the guidance to stay at home unless our journeys are essential. We are also keen that people are not putting themselves at risk coming out in bad weather this winter.
If you are vulnerable or anxious or feel that worshipping in our church buildings is not essential or want to minimise the risk to yourselves or the NHS that is entirely understood and has our complete support . God is not found just in church but as we have discovered is there on-line and in our homes. The news of the vaccine gives us hope that this time of restriction is finite.
Above all keep safe, keep praying and keep in touch
Reverend Mark Griffin, Rector