COVID-19 Update #6
Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,
In our last COVID-19 update (#5) – written at the end of June – we wrote to let you know that we were working hard at the various risk assessments relating to our deep wish to return to some form of ‘offline’ public worship, after our time in pandemic lockdown.
[These assessments were, necessarily, quite complicated, as they needed to anticipate other questions around the other uses (apart from public worship) of the Peterhouse Church and Community Centre.]
We are now delighted to be able to let you know that it is our hopeful ambition to recommence such public worship for the parish of St Peter-in-the-Forest on SUNDAY 23 AUGUST 2020.
Our service of Parish Holy Communion will commence at our familiar time of 10.00am, that day. The worship service will be held in the Hall of Peterhouse Centre. We hope to hold services on most forthcoming Sundays thereafter, though this may be subject to certain other constraints. ‘Online’ worship will continue into the future, either as a livestreaming of our public worship service, or as a standalone service, and via our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pg/StPeterE17
Our worship will look and feel a little different to what we have been used to from the time prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Here is what you can expect:
STAYING THE SAME
- Prayers, Bible readings, a Sermon, receiving the bread of Holy Communion.
A LITTLE DIFFERENT
- You will need to arrive ahead of 10.00am, giving you time – before worship commences – to register your attendance, disinfect your hands, and be directed to an assigned seat by a sidesperson; - The maximum number of people who may gather safely is thirty (30) - it will not be permissible to admit over this number;
- Signage will indicate social distance markers and a one-way system of ‘flow’ around the worship space, which you must observe at all times;
- You will find an Order of Service already at your seat, which you will keep with you both throughout the service and to take home, so that you can bring it with you to each subsequent visit to church worship;
- You will need to wear a facemask at all times excepting the brief moment in which you consume the bread of Holy Communion;
- You will need to stay in your assigned place throughout the act of worship (excepting when directed to come forward to receive Holy Communion, or if you are a reader or leader of intercession prayers);
- During the service, you will need to keep your speaking of responses at a modest volume, and will not be able to sing;
- Upon conclusion of the worship – the formal Dismissal – you must leave the building without further delay, using the indicated one-way system of ‘flow’;
- There will be no provision of public refreshments.
- Further, you should not attend if you are experiencing any of the coronavirus symptoms or if you or any of your household are self-isolating. If you develop symptoms after attending it is vital that you let us know. In accordance with the guidelines, “While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending public worship, a decision to do so is theirs alone.”
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to this ‘gentle return’ to public worship. Go well,
Fr Paul (Vicar) Bernard & Frances (Churchwardens)