An explanation of how the new Sunday Service will work

I am pleased to say that we are going to re-open St John's for our first 9.30am service this Sunday, 12th July.  This will look very different to 'normal'.  There will be no Holy Communion, no singing plus social distancing and other guidelines to follow.  However it will be wonderful to be back, worshipping corporately and coming into God's presence in this way for shared reflection and prayer.


Social distancing requirements mean we have a limit on numbers but our mini survey indicates we should reach about the right number of individuals and bubbles/family groups who can sit together.  The church will be open from 9.10am and there will be stewards to guide you through arrival, signing in and who will guide you to your seat.  I am very grateful to our wonderful churchwardens who have prepared this 5 minute film for you to explain how things will work.  It's a bit like a flight safety video before take off!  


Here is a walk through of how the new Sunday Service will look. 


When you arrive at the church, one of the stewards will record your name and phone number as part of the NHS Track and Trace process.  We will keep these details for 21 days when they will be destroyed securely.  If we are notified that someone who has attended a service tests positive for COVID-19, we will pass the list to NHS Track and Trace who will then contact everyone on that list and, as a result, you  may be required to self-isolate for 14 days.  

One thing to note is that children are as always very welcome.  However we have had to remove all the colouring and toys as required and there are no children's groups.  So in order to help children to settle you may want to bring your own colouring, books and small toys as required.


Also, if anyone is coming this Sunday who can help with filming the service and experimenting with live-broadcasting, please get in touch.


The church will be open for personal prayer as advertised this Saturday (11th July) 10-4pm, but after this week will only be open on Wednesdays 10-4pm for personal prayer and then on a Sunday at 9.30am for an hour or so for the Morning Service.  We will then be closed so the church can 'self-cleanse' between openings.


We are aware there are many who will want to remain at home on Sundays for now.  You must only come if you feel it is the right thing for you.  So for the time being the 9.30am online service via You Tube will continue and the details will be sent out in the next couple of days.


Many thanks,

Revd Anna