Published on 11 September 2020
Access to the Church will be restricted until further notice.
Although Church Services are Exempt from the Rule of Six introduced on 14th September we have decided to cancel next weeks St. Matthews Tide celebrations. Services for this weekend and next week will continue as planned, but the services planned for St. Matthews tide, 20th September, will be reverting back to the regular 10:30 phone in and 4 pm Said Eucharist in Church. Hopefully Fr. Douglas Machiridza will be able to participate in one or both services.
The Church of England has now allowed us to conduct limited services in church under strict Guidelines.
We will now provide three opportunities for worship. The first and most popular of these are our Phone-
Services in Church, according to strict social distancing guidelines will start from early July and again happen at differing times every day except Monday and Saturday.
Individual Prayer, for those who need to maintain shielding, or don’t feel comfortable yet attending a service in Church, the Church will be open for Private prayer Tuesday to Friday.
Times for each type of service are here.
Prayer Network If you’d like someone to chat and pray with you on the phone (just a little chat and some short prayers for ourselves and our world), or if you’d like to be remembered in the daily prayers in church please phone.
Isolated and without help? If you don’t know where to turn please call us and if St Matthew’s can help, we will.
The Church Centre, is now open for limited Socially distanced groups
We will continue our usual weekly e’mail news sheet to help every one keep in touch with activities at St. Matthews. You can also keep in touch with our Facebook page. We will also be preparing a Sunday School Activity pack.
Action for Happiness
To see some more of the lovely work sent in by our Sunday School Children and parents working from home see our Gallery here
If you want to read the full Church of England guidance for services, it’s here
Guidance for coming to church service
Public worship in the form of simple, said Eucharists, is able to resume now, subject to observing strict health guidelines, as follows:
Please consider if this is OK for you
– those with any health issues should still be staying away from others
Some very committed members will feel the time is not right for them
Please come to ONE of the five Masses – so we don’t all come at once
Social Distancing Guidelines
2m social distancing to be maintained at all times
Masks not obligatory – up to you
Use hand gel on arrival & departure, & before Communion
Sit only on marked benches (couples/households can sit together)
If children come they must sit with carers for the whole service
No singing, no raised voices – silence in church is best
No collection plate to be passed round (offertory bucket at the back) or a link to the On-
Approach one by one for Communion, standing (not using rails)
Communion will be in one kind (wafer) only
Chat after service outside (still keeping 2m apart)
Very Limited Toilet facilities will be available
Worship with joy in our hearts and pray for those who can’t come
Guidance for coming to church for individual prayer
The church doors will remain open at set times so that people can come in for individual quiet prayer.
There is plenty of space in church so that we don’t need to restrict the numbers coming in at any time.
The 2m rule must be strictly observed – which will best be achieved by people sitting in different parts of the church, nowhere near each other. Any chatting must take place outside and well away from the door – and still socially distanced, of course.
Remember the garden is a lovely space to use, as well as the inside of the church.
We will provide single-
Remember to bring your Bible or prayer book or rosary, if it would help to use these. (Church hymn & prayer books will not be available, sorry!)