As government guidelines change to allow people to gather for worship, the Church leadership have been considering how we can safely return to a form of worship in the coming months. For the last week in July and during August, whilst preparing to open the building, we have been holding short reflective services, ‘Open-air Prayer’, outside in the area in front of the Church.
People have enjoyed the opportunities to worship together in the open and have decided to continue these times of reflection on Sunday afternoons at 2.30pm.
From now on, however, if the weather is too wet, cold, or windy, having made all the necessary arrangements and completed the risk assessment, we are free to move inside the Church for worship.
We will, of course, ensure that we are socially distanced and comply with all the safety guidance laid down by the government and the Methodist Church.
Also for the last week in July and during August our Zoom Smile and Sing sessions were replaced with ‘Parables in the Park’ activities for the whole family in the Park opposite the Chapel, instead of our usual Family Mornings in the Church during school holidays.
Family groups were asked to bring their own picnic blanket and snacks (if required). We provided hygienically pre-packed story packs, prayers, and activities!
With the new term starting and observing the latest government guidelines, we are considering new ways in which we can open our Chapel safely for other activities and events. Any suggestions welcome!
We send our warmest wishes to all our extended Church family. Do let us know if we can help in anyway.