Coronavirus Update

From Tuesday 16th June you are able once again to visit Church for Private Prayer only from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

For the sake of everyone’s safety please use the Hand Sanitiser as you go in, keep a distance of 2m between yourself and other visitors at all times, touch as little as possible, and bring your own matches if you want to light a candle.

From Sunday 5th July places of Worship can reopen. This is good news but, as yet, we do not have a full list of directives from the national church or the diocese, though we do have some inkling as to what will be required. We want to start with a simplified Communion service using the Nave Altar on Sunday 5th July at 10.30. Ther church will be sanitised on Saturday prior to the Sunday. There will be a welcomer at the door inviting people in one by one at a 2m distance from each other who will take a register of who is present (for any necessary track and trace data). Hand sanitiser will be used. We will indicate which pews are available for use by sticking a palm cross to the end of each pew and will have only one household or social bubble per pew. There will be no singing, though we hope Barry will be able to play both before and after the service and also during communion. There will no physical contact at The Peace and we will use the single communion wafers rather than the concelebration wafers we have traditionally used on a Sunday morning and the wafers will not be touched by anyone. The servers will simply tip them out of their packets into the ciborium, I will not touch them to consecrate them and they will be distributed to you using sugar tongs and will wear a mask at the point of distribution. Communion will be only in one kind and will be received one by one standing at the foot of the platform as we usually do for an All-Age Communion service and you will return to your pew via one of the side aisles. There will be no refreshments after the service, though the Mary Bass Room will be open for use of the toilets if needed. Social distancing of 2m will be maintained where possible (which will be the majority of the time)

We have agreed that this first service will, as much as anything, be a way of testing whether our plans will work and so we are asking those of you who want to come to respond by email to rosamund.seal@btinternet.com letting us know if you plan on come and how many people are likely in your family group.

We will continue to send out the readings and reflections etc electronically on a weekly basis as well as making them available on the Website as we are doing at the moment and hope, eventually, to be able to record services – but it is too early for that yet.

During the crisis, we will be saying Morning Prayer on everyone’s behalf at home at about 8.30 am each day. You are welcome to join us just click here to access the prayer service for today (follow the Contemporary Morning Prayer listed for today). You can also download the daily prayer app from the Apple or Android App Store to follow us on your phone or tablet, the relevant links are on the same prayer page.

We will be offering weekly reflections each Sunday along with our usual prayers for the sick, please click here to access these.

For specific information about the Community Larder/Food Bank click here


You will find here a small collection of prayers for personal and group use at this challenging time in our lives, when we are struggling to find words to express how we feel.

These prayers will help Christians to pray in solidarity with one another even when it is not possible to gather together in church. It’s essential at all times – but particularly in times of anxiety and fear – that we continue to develop and strengthen our own habits of prayer. A simple form of prayer to say each morning and evening is included here. It can be shared with all who are at home and unable to worship together, especially those who are unable to access online resources.

Click to access Prayer Book

 

 

 


(Update Saturday 27th June 2020)

From Sunday 5th July places of Worship can reopen. This is good news but, as yet, we do not have a full list of directives from the national church or the diocese, though we do have some inkling as to what will be required. We want to start with a simplified Communion service using the Nave Altar on Sunday 5th July at 10.30. Ther church will be sanitised on Saturday prior to the Sunday. There will be a welcomer at the door inviting people in one by one at a 2m distance from each other who will take a register of who is present (for any necessary track and trace data). Hand sanitiser will be used. We will indicate which pews are available for use by sticking a palm cross to the end of each pew and will have only one household or social bubble per pew. There will be no singing, though we hope Barry will be able to play both before and after the service and also during communion. There will no physical contact at The Peace and we will use the single communion wafers rather than the concelebration wafers we have traditionally used on a Sunday morning and the wafers will not be touched by anyone. The servers will simply tip them out of their packets into the ciborium, I will not touch them to consecrate them and they will be distributed to you using sugar tongs and will wear a mask at the point of distribution. Communion will be only in one kind and will be received one by one standing at the foot of the platform as we usually do for an All-Age Communion service and you will return to your pew via one of the side aisles. There will be no refreshments after the service, though the Mary Bass Room will be open for use of the toilets if needed. Social distancing of 2m will be maintained where possible (which will be the majority of the time)

We have agreed that this first service will, as much as anything, be a way of testing whether our plans will work and so we are asking those of you who want to come to respond by email to rosamund.seal@btinternet.com letting us know if you plan on come and how many people are likely in your family group.

We will continue to send out the readings and reflections etc electronically on a weekly basis as well as making them available on the Website as we are doing at the moment and hope, eventually, to be able to record services – but it is too early for that yet.


(Update Tuesday 16th June 2020)

From today our Church is once again open for Private Prayer only from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. You are welcome to come in and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our much-loved Church.

For the sake of everyone’s safety please use the Hand Sanitiser as you go in, keep a distance of 2m between yourself and other visitors at all times, touch as little as possible, and bring your own matches if you want to light a candle.

We hope to be able to resume some form of Public Worship during July. 


(Updated Tuesday 24th March 2020)

I am very sorry to report that from now on, until such time as we are told otherwise, the church will need to be kept locked.

We will be saying morning prayer on everyone’s behalf at home at about 8.30 am each day. You are welcome to join us just click here to access the prayer service for today (follow the Contemporary Morning Prayer listed for today). You can also download the daily prayer app from the Apple or Android App Store to follow us on your phone or tablet, the relevant links are on the same prayer page.

Foodbank donations can be left at the Vicarage door – just ring the doorbell and someone will come and take them in once you have left the house.

thank you, Rev Canon Rosamund Seal


(Updated 18th March 2020)

You will probably all now be aware of the directive from the archbishops that all public worship should cease during the current phase of the outbreak. However, the church is a lot more than public worship.

All Saints church will remain open from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm and anyone is welcome to go in and enjoy the peace and silence and perhaps to light a candle and pray.

Morning prayer will continue to be said in church and Communion Services will be held each Wednesday and Sundays led by a priest but these will not be public acts of worship.

We will no longer be holding Coffee Mornings or Lent Soup Lunches and the planned session on Inclusive Church will be postponed to a later date.

Short addresses will be posted on Facebook and our website each week along with appropriate prayers.

We hope to be able to contact all our regular worshippers by phone, email or messenger over the next few weeks to see how everyone is coping, and then ensure that we keep in regular contact with them.

This coming Sunday is, of course, Mothering Sunday and I was hoping that we would be able to have one final service together but that is not to be. However, we will still have a number of bunches of daffodils in church, courtesy of Taylor’s Bulbs. You are welcome to pop into Church in the morning to pick up a bunch which you can either give to your mother, put on a grave, or perhaps gift to someone you know is self-isolating as a small token of love from the church.

The national church has suggested that this Sunday is designated a day of prayer and action for these current times and suggests that we all light a candle and put it in a front window at 7.00 pm that evening as a sign of the light and hope that comes from Christ.

The church will continue to be a dropping off point for donations to the Community Larder and anything donated will be collected each day for safe storage as we are going to need everything we can get to help see people through.

Keep strong, keep faithful and above all let us keep serving others as we are all called to do.

Rev Canon Rosamund Seal