Re-Opening of Churches – COVID-19

A message from Revd David Hildred

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period when we have all faced so much disruption. We have been thinking, talking and planning about how we can begin to open safely our churches for Sunday services, following carefully the guidelines we have, whilst recognising that Covid-19 is still dangerous.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020:

We continue to keep a close watch on new Laws and Guidelines. At present we do not need to change any of our procedures for our services in churches on a Sunday because we are following the guidelines for places of worship and religious activities. The ‘Rule of 6’ does not apply to religious services. 

David and Robert (Team Rector and Team Vicar)

Below is a letter from the Clergy discussing the continued reopening of the parish churches.

Please see the “What to expect” sheets, below, which explains how we are aiming to run services safely in a context where the Coronavirus still poses a deadly threat. 

The pattern of services we are building up is a temporary pattern whilst we discover how different things are and how we can do things better. 

Let’s be people of good news and of God’s light.

Current Worship Pattern:

We are continuously working out how best to have our churches open for services.

  • 9:30am St Cassian’s
  • 11:00am Zoom service
  • 11:00am St George’s
  • 11:00am St Mary’s, Stone
  • 3:00pm St Chad’s
  • 3:00pm St Cecilia’s

Please note as of November the service pattern will be as follows:

  • 9:30am St Cassian’s
  • 9:30am St Chad’s
  • 11:00am Zoom service
  • 11:00am St Cecilia’s
  • 11:00am St George’s
  • 11:00am St Mary’s, Stone

The pattern will continue to evolve as we open more churches and more services within the parish.

These services are for the whole parish, and you are welcome to attend no matter which congregation you normally join in with.  However, the numbers who can attend the services are reduced because of the need to keep socially distanced. So we would ask those who are able to access the Zoom service to consider letting others fill the places at the services in church.  We’ll keep everyone informed as to how many are attending the church services.

This means that there is no longer a Zoom service at 6:30pm. Sadly, due to the need for either extra cleaning or quarantining we will no longer be offering the mid- week openings for supervised private prayer, which will give more availability for funerals mid-week.

Let’s recognise we will need to go on showing each other patience and grace whilst we ease slowly towards whatever a ‘new normal’ might look like.

We have the advantage that we know we can pray to our Almighty God who presents himself to us as our Heavenly Father. 

Let’s pray for God’s strength, his wisdom and his certainty for the way ahead.

What to Expect:

There is guidance, published below, which explains what to expect at the church services. Things have to be different at the moment to match the guidelines to which we are working.

When you visit the Churches in Kidderminster East you will notice something new. It’s a large poster displaying a QR (Quick Response) code. That’s a square sign with a lot of lines, dots and squiggles. If you have a smart phone and have downloaded the NHS Covid-19 App, please scan this sign to show you have attended.

Thank you.

Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and avoid spreading the virus. 

Keep yourself safe: Coronavirus COVID-19 is dangerous and can kill. 

Online Sources:

This site, as well as the parish Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts will continue to be used as a platform for prayer, updates and the sharing of Christian values.

Furthermore, we will continue our online services, please find out more information on our Zoom Services Page.

Please press the ‘Download’ button for security advice on the use of Zoom for parishioners.

Information in the document with thanks to:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/make-sure-your-zoom-meetings-are-safe-by-doing-these-10-things/

Join us to pray for the current situation we all face and to pray for those who work within and/or are affected by the Coranvirus (Covid-19).

And, let’s continue to pray that we take steps forward which are safe and full of grace, as we slowly work out how best to do things.

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