St.Martin of Tours
Church Road, Chelsfield, BR6 7SN
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‘Staying in Touch’ – Church Communication in a time of Crisis
Please find links to the communications we have posted, The rules and regulations are changing on a daily basis. Please check that you have the latest information.
‘Staying in Touch’ – ‘Covid 19 update 07.07.20’
It gives me great pleasure to announce that following the lifting of restrictions on 4th July St Martin’s will be re-opening its doors for public worship with effect from Sunday 12th July.
Whilst I am sure that you will welcome this good news I need to remind you of the Church Recovery Group advice:
“We will not be returning to normality overnight - this is the next step on a journey. We’ve been planning carefully, making detailed advice available for parishes to enable them to prepare to hold services when it is safe and practical to do so. It is important to say that the change in Government guidance is permissive, not prescriptive.
There will still be restrictions and we must all still do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus to protect each other, especially the most vulnerable. The online services and dial-in worship offerings we have become used to will continue.”
These thoughts are echoed by our own Bishops, James and Simon:
"We welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister that from 4 July, church buildings may reopen for public worship including weddings. We also echo the Bishop of London’s comment that, while there will be real joy at this prospect, we are still very much on a journey. There will be many who will understandably be cautious at this news.
"We continue to be thankful to all who are responding so responsibly and carefully to each new possibility, and in ways that are right for them and their communities. We are particularly conscious that many of these careful decisions come at a time when many are feeling fatigued.
"There is no rush to next steps – each place must make its own decisions based on local circumstances.”
In the last week we have been inundated with advice and guidance from both Government and the Church of England about the opening of churches for worship and for the pastoral offices (baptisms, weddings, funerals). The paramount call is that we keep things safe for all concerned. The churchwardens and I have agreed that we can now take the first steps to returning to a new normality – though this will be limited and subject to change at any time.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE STILL FACING A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY.
COVID-19 HAS NOT GONE AWAY AND WE NEED TO TAKE SENSIBLE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT ALL WHO VISIT THE CHURCH.
There are many of you who are still anxious, self-isolating or shielding who may not be ready to return to church. We therefore plan to continue to offer worship online as at present, or possibly through live streaming of services.
What does this mean for St Martin’s?
10.00am Sunday - a service of Family worship, which may be either a Communion Service or a Service of the Word.
09.30am Wednesday – Holy Communion (BCP)
These services replace the current times for private prayer on Tuesday/ Saturday
If you are attending a church service:
Please follow signed instructions on notices
Stewards will be in attendance to offer direction.
There will be a one-way entry and exit system
Please use hand sanitizer provided
On arrival you will need to register your attendance for tracking
You will need to bring your own pen to sign in
Take all belongings home with you
In addition we will continue to offer:
A Sunday service on the website,
Holy Communion services on your behalf in the churchyard on Friday at 11.30am.
Daily Prayer on Facebook with Jon on Tuesday and Val on Thursday at 8.15am
Quiet meditation in the churchyard on Thursday evening at 7.00pm
Please note that to accommodate pastoral offices or with any changes to Diocesan or Government guidelines these arrangements are subject to
change at any time.
Weekly newsletter – will still be produced but available only via the Web site. This will contain the Collect and Readings for Sunday together with a short message from the clergy and other prayers and notices.
Magazine – we are no longer permitted to produce printed material but will continue to produce a monthly issue electronically. Please continue to share stories and messages.
I remind you that you may call me at any time for prayer or a chat, or to enquire about baptisms, weddings or funerals.
Please do refer regularly to the church website www.stmartinchelsfield.org.uk for updates. If you have any pastoral needs, or are anxious and need prayer please contact Rev John at the Rectory on 01689 825749
Keep safe, keep secure, keep hoping and keep in touch.
Rev John Tranter