Over the summer weeks from July 26th, the PCC have approved gradually introducing an experimental pattern as a way forward which will allow us to offer more worship opportunities, both in church and online. For all of these services booking arrangements will apply as numbers will be restricted to 40 per service, plus staff. Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01274 400381 by Saturday evening to book.
Eventually, we hope to be able to return to a more familiar way of going to church but the following services will take place for an experimental period over the the summer and then be reviewed by the PCC:
9.30am Sundays Picnic Church
This will be a relatively informal All Age service with a family feel – but open to all. If you are able, please bring your own folding chair or picnic blanket to sit on (church chairs also available if you’re not able to bring your own) and bring your own refreshments if you wish – you don’t have to wait til the end to have them – it’s a picnic! The service will run for between 30 and 45 minutes, with some familiar elements from 11.15 Explore Together or from the Facebook Family Worship Rachel and Emma have been running each Sunday morning – plus some new ideas too! After this service people will be encouraged to leave and take everything with them that they have brought and socialise outside if they wish to chat at a distance. One of these services in August will include Holy Communion.
10.45am Sunday Prayer Service
After a short break (around half an hour) which will allow us to clean the church, there will be a short prayer service along the lines of informal Morning Prayer using the P.R.A.Y mnemonic which some of us have been doing online (Pause, Rejoice, Ask, Yield). This will be another creative service, hopefully led by different people each week, and will also last about half an hour. Church chairs will be available for this service. Again, at least one of these services a month will include Holy Communion.
6.30 pm Evening Service
A short service will be held in church either with just the contributors present or a small congregation up to about 30. This will be streamed live either on Facebook, YouTube or another suitable online platform – more on this later next week. This would follow a similar structure to the online services we have been producing up until now, although will not be pre-recorded.
Wednesday 11.00am Communion
Wednesday Holy Communion will start again each week at 11am, although within the restrictions. Once again numbers will have to be limited, to about ten people in the Hope Chapel, with appropriate distancing. Communion will also be using bread only until the regulations change. Again please contact the church office to book for this service, as for Sundays.
Messy Church has continued throughout lockdown, with a special Messy Church broadcast on the third Sunday afternoon of every month at 3.30pm on our YouTube channel. Jessica is also sending out craft packs for these sessions – you can contact Rachel for more information.
We would encourage you to continue to try and take time at the start and/or the end of your day to say a form of daily prayer. We will all manage this at slightly different times and in different ways but the important thing is that we do it!
We will continue to post lectionary Bible readings for morning and evening prayer on the noticesheet each week and a simple form of liturgy is here for morning prayer and evening prayer if you find this useful. This will not be updated weekly over the summer period though.
If you find using liturgy helpful and would like a full order of service, the Church of England publish both contemporary and traditional orders of service for all times of the day and each day of the year on their website here. If you have a smartphone or tablet, they also have a range of helpful apps you can download for a small annual subscription – you can find details of these here.
We will be pausing the daily livestream morning or evening prayers which have been taking place via our Facebook page for the summer. More information will follow about plans from September.
The national Church of England service will continue to take place each week you can listen to live on Radio 4 at 8.10am or it will be broadcast via the Church of England’s website here at 9am.