We are very excited to be reopening St Paul’s for our Sunday afternoon service on 6th September. It will look a little different, some pews will be out of use so we can implement social distancing measures, you will be required to where a face covering throughout the service and we are not able to sing out loud, just in our heads. We will not be serving refreshments before or after the service. Please join us if you are able at 4.30pm. We are hoping to live stream the service, which will be available on our You Tube channel as before
What does this mean for St Paul’s?
We are continuing with our virtual Growth Groups for the time being. 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.
Children We are hoping to restart Explores as soon as possible, our first service on 6th September will be a family service, so there will be something for the children. Watch this space or our social media posts for up dates.
Through the week There is also content going up during the week, including Morning Prayer on Tuesday, James is going through The Psalms on Thursdays and we have a monthly “Lunchtime” concert from Emma on the 3rd Wednesday and Songs of Praise on the first Wednesday of the month.
What about pastoral visits?
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?
Weddings are getting back to something like normal, though only 30 guests are aloud (this includes the vicar and verger), we can not sing and have to wear face coverings.
There will still be funerals. 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.