In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. All Church of England buildings are closed.
What does this mean for St Paul’s?
St. Paul’s has now suspended all church services and church-related groups until further notice.
We are encouraging our Growth Groups to keep in touch with one another and identify how they can support one another in a way that works for them. Please do check in with the other members of your small group. If you know of anyone who is not a part of a group, and who may be isolated, if you can reach out to them to offer support that would make a huge difference.
Explorers is also continuing, albeit not in person. Session packs for families are being provided each week, so that you can run their own Explorers sessions at home. Videos on YouTube will accompany these to guide you through each session. You can download the information for each session here.
The videos will go live at the usual service/meeting time. There is also content going up during the week, including Morning Prayer on Tuesday, Sir Pantsalot on Wednesday (for the children, mostly!) and James is going through The Psalms on Thursdays.
What about pastoral visits?
In circumstances where people are self-isolating because they are symptomatic or have been in contact with someone who has been symptomatic, no pastoral visits can be undertaken until their isolation ends. We will, however, offer phone support.
In circumstances where someone is self-isolating for their protection and a pastoral visit is thought to be necessary, visits can be made, ensuring rigorous health and hygiene practices and maintaining social distancing.
What about weddings and funerals?
For couples getting married, weddings will have to be postponed until restrictions are eased, when it might be possible to have a restricted ceremony, to which only 5 people will be aloud, the couple, 2 witnesses and the vicar. A Common License will need to be obtained, as we are not able to publish banns.
There will still be funerals, but services in church are not possible. Please talk to your funeral director, who will be able to advise you on current guidelines. We understand this is a very difficult and upsetting situation, not being able to say goodbye to a loved one in the way you might want to, but a service of thanksgiving can be arranged for a future date.
What does this mean for the Church Hall?
All groups using the Church Hall have been informed that the hall is now closed until further notice. Please contact individual groups leaders for more information.
Is the church office still open?
The staff team is now working from home. If you need to contact the office, Diane can be reached on the office mobile 07961 891168 weekday every morning. Please leave a voicemail message if there is no answer. Alternatively, contact us via the office email.
We appreciate that this is a worrying time for many people. This season will be challenging for all of us, affording us the opportunity to grow in trust and dependence on God. We want our church family, and our wider community to know that we are with you and we will remain with you throughout this time. We will provide updates as they are available on this page, on Facebook, via email and on the church noticeboard.