Our building will reopen for worship at 10am on Sunday 23rd May.
It is really important to stress that although we have taken the decision to open the building, the service will have to adhere to Government restrictions to minimise risks. Unlike many other congregations we do not plan to operate a booking system unless the demand for space makes this necessary. It should be appreciated that the number of people we can accommodate in the building will be limited. There will be a requirement to have your contact details held for track and trace purposes, hand sanitising will be essential, face masks will need to be worn at all times (unless exempt), everyone will have to remain 2 metres apart (with the exception of household groups) and it may not be possible to sit in your usual seat. Although we cannot sing, the organ will provide music. Unfortunately there can be no opportunity for fellowship before or after the service. The service will also be limited to approximately 30 minutes and we will have to keep the worship space ventilated. In terms of getting to and from Church, the guidelines on car sharing should be adhered to. At the moment it appears these requirements for worship and car sharing apply across all levels of the Government’s strategic framework as we emerge into a new normal.
Before lockdown :-
We gather for worship at 10am on a Sunday for a service that usually lasts just under an hour.
The service is of a traditional format with hymns, prayers, Bible readings, a talk for younger people, a sermon and a cash offering. During the service there are a number of sung responses. Our hymn book is Church Hymnary 4.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of February, April, June, August, October and December.
There is provision for children who may not wish to be part of the full Sunday Service.