Good news, St.Giles will be re-opening for worship this Sunday 12th July according to our regular monthly pattern*.
My thanks go to our Church Wardens Andrew Hill and Christine Waters who worked very hard to make this happen. Thanks too to our PCC who scrutinised and approved both the risk assessment and the re-opening policy document.
In order to allow 72 hours between openings, St.Giles will now be open for private prayer on Wednesdays from 9.00am till 5.00pm. (The church will NOT be open on Saturday 11th July).
We will be open for worship but we understand that some of you will prefer to wait a while longer before returning to a normal pattern of life; our prayers will be with you.
Until this crisis is over there will be some changes to our normal practice. You do not need to memorise all the following detail, our Wardens and stewards will direct you whenever you come to St.Giles for worship.
Where to Sit
We have identified and marked 23 spaces where worshippers can sit two metres apart, this includes using the chancel and the Fetherston Chapel. Some of these are double spaces for people in the same household or bubble. This brings our total potential capacity to 32.
Thank you to all of you who have continued to support St.Giles financially whilst the building was closed. We encourage you to pay by BACS or standing order if possible. We will not be passing the offering plate round in the course of our services. If you would like to leave an offering on Sunday please place it on the plate near the door as you leave.
On Entering the Church
Please sanitise your hands, take a service book and register your name for Test and Trace. Maintain a distance of two metres between you and other worshippers. Please fill up from the front of the nave if possible; overflow seating is available in the chancel and in the Fetherston Chapel.
Changes to the Content of Services
There will be no hymns and no singing or chanting. There will be no handshaking at The Peace and no moving around the church at that point in the service. You will receive communion in one kind only i.e. just the bread; the priest will consume the wine on your behalf. You will be invited to join a short, socially-distanced queue in the chancel as you approach the altar, and you will receive communion one at a time. Please do not kneel at or touch the altar rail, rather stand there and the priest will drop the bread in to your hands. The communion wafers will be given out in silence.
On Leaving the Building
Please leave the church as soon as the service is over, beginning with those nearest the door; you may gather for socially-distanced conversation outside. Put your service book back in the box and your offering on the plate as you leave.
Any Questions or Concerns?
Please contact me if you would like to know more. We look forward to seeing you again.
Revd. Marc Catley (Vicar) 01564-783121
*8.30am Communion every Sunday.
11.15am Matins on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays;Communion on the 3rd Sunday;
There is no 11.15am service on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Private prayer, now only on Wednesdays 9.00am – 5.00pm.