More good news
We are delighted to welcome back the junior choir this Sunday. They will practise in the Church from 9.45 until 9.55 and will sing an anthem at Communion.
And even more good news
On Sunday week, 20 September, we will welcome back the adult choir.
As we progress towards some kind of normality, we hope that more people will wish to return to Church. We are now confident that we can cope with increased numbers, but as the numbers increase, we need to be even more careful in our adherence to the rules:
Please sit down as soon as you have come into Church. There have been occasions where a blockage has occurred at the entrance where people are chatting. As we have said many times, that is human nature, but in the current situation, it must be avoided. Please do not approach within 2 metres of somebody who is not part of your household – you may be happy to get close to them, but they may not be happy for you to get close.
There is the option of chatting to friends in the garden after the service in groups of 6 or less, please 3 metres away from the paths, on the East (Sefton Road) side. We strongly recommend but do not insist that masks continue to be worn.
Everybody remains seated throughout the service.
At the peace, we remain seated, and at the response, we can, as some of us did back in March, put our hands together in a prayerful manner (Thai style).
At the Communion, we still remain seated, Roger will bring bread to each of us. It is important that when Roger comes to you, you must extend your arms to the maximum to receive Communion; if you would like a blessing, please keep your hands at your chest .It is very important to keep social distancing as far as possible. Roger will say the minimum words in handing out bread & blessings.
Though we have no problem with numbers, it is still vital to check in with Graeme – firstname.lastname@example.org – to comply with “track & trace” and if you are part of a family group the number of family members attending.
Please try to arrive early at Church; if everybody arrives between 9.57 and 10.05 we will end up with a queue outside, which really is the last thing we want.
It is compulsory to wear a mask. Masks will be for sale at £3 each, the money going to the organ fund.
You will need to use hand gel (provided). Entry will be through the old main door to the Church. If you intend to leave straight after the service, we suggest you sit on the pulpit side, if you would like a couple of extra minutes of quiet, we suggest that you sit on the organ side, as at the end of the service the pulpit side will leave first. Please do not attempt to leave until invited to by the Churchwardens.
Service sheets will be on the chairs – if you are in a household group, you can move them to sit together, but please ensure that you leave 2 chairs between you & any non household person.
Please take the service sheet home with you. You should not need to touch hymn books or bibles but if you do so, please leave it in the box for touched books at the exit. You will leave from the emergency exit near the pulpit. Churchwardens & sidespeople will be on hand to guide & assist. At the end of the service, please leave promptly when advised to do so, those on the pulpit side leaving by the North aisle, those on organ side by centre aisle, please do not congregate on the path or on the pavement outside Church.
There will be no Sunday school or creche and there will only be a couple of childrens’ books available, so if you are bringing younger children, you may like to bring something with you.
There are no toilet facilities available except for emergencies as the centre is closed. In such an emergency, speak to the warden at the back of Church & he/she will open the music room toilet. If you do need to use this facility, it is vital that you use gel on entering, wipe all surfaces with disinfectant tissues (provided) and re-use gel when re-entering Church.
There will be a retiring collection on the way out.
We do hope that the necessary arrangements do not put you off from coming, but we are doing all we can to make everybody safe, and make everybody feel safe.