Services will be held via Zoom and also attendance in Church for the regulars and non-regulars. For those wishing to join the Zoom services, the information can be found in Church News by clicking on the above link, or available from our Parish Administrator Alison Wood who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org .
A note from Sarah and Tim, our Churchwardens:
We have agreed the following arrangements for the 10am services in church from
Sunday 1st August 2021 until further notice. This is to keep people safe and due to the large
number of Covid infections still prevalent in the UK. We will seek to ease restrictions
further as and when conditions improve.
1. The choir will be in the choir stalls and will be singing without masks
2. The service will be printed out and given to people (it will no longer be shown on screen)
3. There will be a one metre distance between people or bubbles and not two metres
4. People can exit by the side or the main door. The priest will be at the main door after the service
5. All doors will be open and some windows to allow for plenty of ventilation
6. Communion will be held at the altar with a 0.5 metre distance between people
7. Wine will be offered from the chalice and people can decide whether they want to receive this.
8. Singing for the congregation will be allowed (but behind masks)
Things to be kept in place:
• We will continue to use only alternate rows of pews for the time being
• Coffee will still be held at The Running Horses and this will be reviewed at the end of August
• Masks will still have to be worn by all members of the congregation during the service.
The Church has the most profound desire to stand alongside our neighbours with the faith, hope and love that Jesus inspires within us. Sunday services, music and sermons during Covid with all it's restrictions can be watched on our own You Tube site which has increased in popularity.
We want to go deeper in our commitment to what Jesus described as the greatest commandment of them all to “love the Lord our God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.”
We are loving and reaching out to our neighbours in a number of ways:
Spiritual resources are available for those online, with much to encourage us on a daily basis, including on the Church of England website at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
‘Time to Pray’ presents everything we need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year, see: https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/time-to-pray
Weekly services will be broadcast live on the Church of England Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland
Live streamed Sunday services include All Souls, Lanham Place at: https://allsouls.org/Groups/337797/Watch/Watch.aspx
All Hallows by the Tower offer a weekly short act of worship at: https://www.ahbtt.org.uk/live-stream/
A free, popular Bible reading app to download is ‘Bible in One Year’ by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/
The gospel message offers us hope, despite the circumstances we may find ourselves in. When life gets really hard, as it is for many people right now across so much of our planet, it can be reassuring to know that we can place our hope in God and not in people or circumstances. God knows exactly how it’s all going to end because He’s in control! This should not only give us hope, but also assurance and peace.
We have a team of church volunteers who are keen to help in whatever way they can, whilst respecting Government guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone.
Some of them are offering to regularly keep in touch with those at home and with members of our church family who live outside the parish, by telephone, emails, social media and even posting encouraging and supportive letters or postcards.
Others are able to assist practically in a number of ways, such as going out for food or health related purchases, to deliver to those isolated or unable to go out themselves.
There is wonderful community support across the villages of Mickleham and Westhumble. The Mickleham Emergency Plan WhatsApp group are offering help, contact Will Dennis telephone 07903 842674, email email@example.com or David Allbeury (Westhumble) telephone 07860 227451.