CHURCH SERVICES - starting 12th July 2020
From Sunday 12th July there will be a 10 am Family Communion service in Church on Sundays. Later in the month we are planning to have an 8 am Holy Communion as well, but in St Peter’s Centre. We are unable to have both services in the same building at this time, due to issues relating to the cleaning that would be necessary between the services.
From Wednesday 22nd July there will be a service of Holy Communion at 9 – 30 am in church. Unfortunately, there can be no coffee and chat after this service at present.
The following procedures we will be in place for all of our services for the foreseeable future, following the advice from the government and the Church of England, for your health and safety:
Social distancing and Public Health requirements must be met. The two-metre distancing ‘rule’ applies for public worship. The maximum number that we will be able to accommodate in church will be 40. In St Peter’s Centre the number will be 15. To preserve social distancing in church, you will be shown to your seat by a Steward. The wearing of face-coverings is voluntary.
Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household. They should carefully consider the risks associated with indoor gatherings and decide, accordingly, whether to attend public worship at this time. Those who are shielding until 31st July should not attend at this time. We shall be continuing to provide the Pew Sheet services for those who can’t attend, or who prefer not to.
Everyone will have to use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit from the building. Also, we will be requesting the names of attendees, and these details will be kept for 21 days to assist NHS Track and Trace if required. It is essential that people do not gather on the church path, at the doorway or in the porch.
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend church due to the risk they pose to others. They should self-isolate at home.
To minimise the risk of transmission a disposable service sheet will be provide rather than the usual booklets. Singing will not form part of our worship. There will be no ‘passing the peace’. Holy Communion will be in the form of the bread only (except for the celebrant) and hands should be sanitised before receiving. Kneeling at the rail is not permitted. Only the celebrant will prepare the altar and touch the vessels. There can be no servers or Communion Assistants at present.
The service much shorter than usual. On Sundays the ‘sermon’ will be the same as that printed on the pew sheet. After the service, sadly, we will be unable to have our usual coffee time together. Also, people must not stay and chat inside the building. Outside, in the churchyard and in the car park, social distancing rules will still apply.
In an emergency, the disabled toilet in St Peter’s Centre will be available. The other toilets are out of use.
The pandemic is far from over and we need to stay alert to save lives! I hope that you will still be able to enjoy worshipping God at St Peter’s. Just being together once again will, I know, be a great support – even socially distanced.
Telephone: 01252 331161
(Answer phone message can be left when office is closed.)
Address: St Peter's Centre, Ash Church Road, Ash, Surrey, GU12 6LU
The parish office is open from 9:30 - 11:30 Monday to Friday.
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Church Opening Times:
In addition to the regular services the church is open on the first, second and third Saturdays each month from 9:30-11 and the second and fourth Sundays 2:30—4pm .During these times there is an opportunity for prayer and reflection or coffee/tea and chat—just drop in!