“I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122.1)
We are very glad to be able to tell you that there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Gillingham at 10am this Sunday 5th July.
It will be very good to have the opportunity of worshipping God together. Even if we are not or don’t feel able to come, we will be encouraged by knowing that this is taking place.
It won’t be like the last church service you came to because we are of course following the The Church of England guidance documents. You can find the main one on their website here.
You are so welcome and we are excited that at last we will be able to meet together.
In accordance with government guidance
- we will be following the two metre rule (which will limit the number of people able to attend)
- the wearing of face-coverings is voluntary
- There will be no singing, but the organ will be played at the beginning and end and during the administration of Holy Communion
- We will only receive the bread at Holy Communion
- while those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ are advised of the risks of attending public worship, a decision to do so is theirs alone. “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.”
- Government guidance includes a request for names of attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required.
- Please do not attend if you have COVID19 symptoms
- If you develop COVID19 symptoms afterwards please inform us
As many other life experiences have changed since the COVID19 outbreak began, so meeting together as a church will feel different. We will still be meeting together, praying together, hearing the Bible read and a sermon, and sharing Holy Communion together. We will be flexible within the guidance of the Church of England and learn from how we get on this Sunday for the following Sundays.
- We would like to invite you to bring your own small bottle of sanitizer. Sanitizer will be available but you may find it more hygienic and convenient to have your own if you have one.
- just so you know The hall and toilets will not be open
- Please bring your own toys for your children
- We won’t be passing the collection bag around but there will be opportunity to give your collection on the way in and out