Thank you for your prayers as the Wardens, Patrick and I met on 31 August to discuss the way forward for St Andrew’s church services and ministries for the next period.
We have decided to prioritise restarting three elements of our normal Sunday pattern:
- children’s provision every Sunday;
- each ‘style’ of service to have more of its distinct character (including live music);
Therefore, for the time being, we will continue simply to hold one service at 10am on Sundays, alternating in style between Traditional and Contemporary as before. All current guidelines (for example, wearing masks for singing, etc) will remain.
From Wednesday 8 September at 11.30am our mid-week Communion will re-start, as a said, quiet, fully socially distanced service, using traditional liturgy.
We also aim to resume other ministries in this period (such as Craft Group, etc) as soon as risk assessments are completed by the leaders and approved by the wardens.
These decisions have been taken prayerfully, considering the resources we currently have available, and our concern to monitor the Covid infection rates as the schools return. The wardens, Patrick and I will continue to meet regularly to review the situation and the PCC meets on 28 September when this will be an agenda item.
I understand that this is not what we anticipated and hoped for by this stage. However, we continue to hold onto the values expressed in the following verses from Paul’s letter to the Galatians:
‘You, my brothers and sisters, were called to freedom.
But do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence;
rather, serve one another humbly in love.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command:
“Love your neighbour as yourself.”’
Finally, we recommend that everyone who attends a service or a church activity should take a lateral flow test beforehand. These are available free of charge (in packs of 7) from the government website or by dialing 119 (which is a freephone number, lines open 7am-11pm).
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any of these matters.