Following the easing of the latest national lockdown we are beginning to resume worship in our churches.
Your local church may still also be open for individual private prayer by arrangement. Please do get in touch.
You can find out when and where services will be taking place [here].
Please check back frequently and often as services and times may be subject to change at short notice.
Whether you’re joining as a regular member, for the first time or preparing for your wedding you are welcome.
If coming to church was familiar to you prior to ‘lockdown’ some things will look very different. To keep you and the ministers safe each church has undergone its own risk assessment.
You will be asked to:
- Sanitize your hands at various points in your service.
- You may experience a one-way system (much like a supermarket, except you stay for longer). You will find a service book on your seat. We’re not being rude, not handing it to you – it’s all to do with minimising contact. These will be collected and quarantined after the service.
- Toilets may be inaccessible in some churches, some will be open.
- You will find some seats are cordoned off to maintain a 2m bubble between you and another household – or you may be directed to a seat for the same reason. Your regular spot may be out of reach.
- In most cases if you’re coming with children, they will need to be supervised and remain with their household throughout. In St. Margaret’s, Yatton Keynell, safe provision for children is being provided, weather dependent and strictly limited on numbers.
- If you receive communion, you will be asked to sanitize your hands, receive the bread – an individual wafer, only (it won’t be placed in hands, it be gently dropped so get ready!). You will receive standing at the communion rail and you may be called one at a time. We won’t be shaking hands during the ‘peace’ before communion – but we can wave!
- Singing is currently not allowed. You might hear music – maybe you can clap along or enjoy the music.
- Only churches with a full cafe and tables can offer refreshments as table service, so we won’t be providing refreshments for you unless conditions relax a little more.
- You or someone in your party will be asked for contact details should they be needed for the NHS Test & Trace System. They will only be retained for 21 days.
- Numbers will be limited. In order to keep a safe distance and allow for moving around the space the building capacity will be limited. A church that used to seat 150 can now seat in some cases 30.
- Some people, including ministers, may at points wear a mask. If social distancing is less than 2m or we feel the risk requires it, we may offer you a mask or wear one ourselves. This naturally, sadly, presents some issues with being hear and with lip-reading.
What you experience in one church one week, may be slightly different in another next week due to the different layout of the church and the use of the space.
All of this might make ‘church’ look a little different. It might feel a little odd. It could also feel very new and interesting! We are looking forward to welcoming as many of you back as possible – as safely as possible.
We are on the collective road to recovery – please keep praying for us as the pace at which this happens in each church and community will be different and very emotional.
Rev Marc Terry
We will be producing a Bybrook News which will include in addition to the latest news, details of the lectionary for you to use each day alongside the above Prayer from Home Sheet. You will find the latest Bybrook News here. If you would like to receive the Bybrook News automatically, please sign up to our mailing list here.
As we move to a new way of holding our Sunday services via video, you may like to follow our Facebook page Bybrook Team Ministry where we will steam our services.
There is a range of information available on the Church of England website Church of England – Coronavirus which you might find useful.
Each Sunday we will be streaming a service at 9.30am on our Facebook Page.
For those not on Facebook, the video will also be available on our Worship at Home page.
Roots on the Web have shared free resources to worship from home as adults, children and families.
Dan Jones; Diocesan Youth and Children’s Adviser for Bristol has created a great Family Worship Resource called Church@Home with lots of great craft ideas and activites. Dowload this week’s sheet from our Worship at Home Page.