Note: There will be a further update in the August copy of News & Views
4th July Covid 19 Update about the Opening of our Church
You will probably be aware that the Government have indicated that Churches will be able to reopen after the 4th July. The Elders are continuing to find their way through the regulations and are awaiting further advice from the URC.
The Rev John Proctor, the General Secretary of the URC has written to Church Secretaries this week and we share with you part of his comments:
The Prime Minister spoke on 23 June about the relaxation of a number of Covid-related restrictions in England, from 4 July. The restoration of church worship, although without singing, is reportedly one of these.
Many URC congregations will want to think carefully about how to respond to this possibility.
We rejoice when we can worship together. Yet haste could lead to mistakes and danger.
“To help local churches to make proper plans, the Synod Moderators are presently working on careful URC guidance, which we hope to get onto the central URC website within a few days. Whether we can do so may depend on HM Government’s own timetable, as they intend to issue detailed guidelines to fill out the announcement made today, and we must be mindful of what we find there.
The Elders and Management are working hard to ensure that when our Church reopens, it is a safe environment for all to worship, praise and rejoice at being together again. In the meantime the Church garden is always available for individual private prayer.
So, sadly the church will not be reopening at present.
Prayer – Reflection in the garden: The garden area is open to anyone who wishes to use the seats and benches there for private prayer or reflection. If you use the area, please respect Social Distancing regulations in force at the time.
Do come and spend a little time reflecting in peace when the sun shines.
We will advise you about the next phase of church opening when the Government authorises it and we feel we can implement it with safety, hopefully sometime in July.
In the meantime, ‘at home’ Worship is available with links from our this web and in paper form enclosed in News & Views (for those without email).