Please see below for the most recent Coronavirus updates 2021.
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 are constantly thinking, talking and planning about how we can, safely, have our churches open for Sunday services, following carefully the guidelines we have, whilst recognising that Covid-19 is still dangerous.
Update April 2021
All churches in the parish will reopen this Sunday in line with the relaxation of the national Lockdown. Covid-19 restrictions remain in place including the wearing of face coverings, 2m distancing, hand-sanitising and dismissal row by row.
If you can’t get to one of our churches there is still an online service via Zoom which we would love to welcome you to.
Current Worship Pattern:
- 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
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.
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.
Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and avoid spreading the virus.
Keep yourself safe: Coronavirus COVID-19 is dangerous and can kill.
Update Wednesday 3rd March 2021:
A Message from your Clergy: Reopening of Churches at Easter
Revds David and Robert have written a letter regarding the re-opening of Churches at Easter.
‘We are aiming for a gradual re-introduction of in-person services around Easter, along- side the continuation of our online Zoom service. Full details will appear on the website and in the newsletter. Briefly, we will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7:00pm in St George’s, and then Easter Day services in St Cassian’s & St George’s. The following week, 11th April, all our churches will be open.’
This is an extract; the full text can be downloaded below.
Update Tuesday 23rd February 2021:
A Message from your Clergy: Continued Closure of Churches in March
The Standing Committee has decided that our churches should remain closed for the month of March, except for weddings and funerals. It is always a matter of trying to balance our desire to be together to worship with the need to be as safe as possible. We will review the decision in the middle of March, and we are hoping for a partial re- opening for some services during Holy Week. In the meantime, we can continue to worship together by taking advantage of all the resources mentioned in this newsletter. Take part in an Online service or prayer meeting or use the Lent resources. Let’s continue to keep in touch in all the ways that we can, and continue to pray for & support each other through these difficult times.
Yours faithfully in Christ,
David & Robert
Update Tuesday 9th February 2021:
Please see below a letter from Revds David and Robert regarding the decided that our churches should remain closed for the month of March.
We continue to pray for the parish and the world as we live during these uncertain times.
Update Tuesday 19th January 2021:
Firstly, this message assures you all of our continuing prayers for the parish and our world as we continue to come to terms with the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Parish Standing Committee met on 18th January and together we made the difficult but ultimately necessary decision to keep all churches in the parish closed until the end of February. We emphasise that we do not take any church closures lightly or willingly and will review the situation in mid-February to decide about services in March.
“Our buildings are closed but our church is still open!” We encourage you to take carefully note of all the online resources mentioned in this newsletter and make as much use of them as possible so that we may continue to worship God as a parish community and family. Please also consider how you can keep in touch with those who don’t have access to online material or are not confident in using such.
In the knowledge that God is with us all at this difficult time.
Robert and David
Update Tuesday 5th January 2021:
Following the new national lockdown the clergy have taken the decision to close the churches in the parish for all services except funerals, at least for the month of January. Therefore all the planned services have been cancelled. Our online service will continue, which you are encouraged, and very welcome, to attend. In addition there will be a second online service in the evening.
Revds David Hildred and Robert Legge have issued a letter to the parish regarding the most recent Covid-19 announcement.
- A group of us will be reading the Bible together 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm for about an hour. This will happen via Zoom. We plan to read 1 Thessalonians in 6 sessions. If you would like to join us, please make contact via the parish office. Hilary Hildred
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th – 25th January 2021: This year’s theme is “Abiding in Christ”. With restrictions still in place it is unlikely that we will be able to get together with friends from Churches Together in Kidderminster. We will still mark the Week in KEP with special emphasis on the theme of Christian Unity during our own services, including Morning Prayer and Contemplative Prayer. For those who wish to find out more please see the website of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
We will continue to add Coronavirus updates 2021 to this page as and when they arrive.