Church Building Opening
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 23rd June 2020, the Parish of Kidderminster Ismere will begin to open its church buildings for Sunday Worship. Our priority is that we can keep people who are attending our buildings safe. A decision was made at the Parochial Church Council on Wednesday 1st July that our churches should begin to re-open. Holy Trinity, (Trimpley), will be open for a service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am and St John's will hold a service of Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday 2nd August. Streamed on Facebook later. It will be a ‘said’ service with no hymns or music. The PCC are also concerned that anyone in a vulnerable category thinks carefully before attending. The service will be live streamed on Facebook.
It is good news that Lock Down is easing but we still need to look after one another and we are determined to do just that by keeping each other safe. Our prayers are with all in our physical and virtual communities. Please read the information provided along with this announcement.
What to Expect on Sunday
1. Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus should stay at home. The service will be live streamed via the St Peter Cookley Facebook page and then posted to the Kidderminster Ismere YouTube station for 11.00am
2. Those who are ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’, as defined by the government and NHS, are advised not to attend.
3. Those who are over 70 and/or clinically vulnerable, should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household/‘bubble’.
4. St Peter Cookley will open for the service from 9.15am. We can accommodate 24 people as per our risk assessment and social distancing at 2m. In the event of reaching maximum capacity, please understand that, for safety reasons, we would be obliged to turn people away.
5. Paper service-sheets will be available on a table by the door along with hand sanitiser. It is very important that those who have a service-sheet take it away with them at the end of the service.
6. Members of the congregation are welcome to wear face-coverings if they wish; this is not mandatory.
7. Members of the congregation are warmly encouraged to sanitise their hands at the entrance to church. You will be asked to provide your name and contact details for NHS Track and Trace. Your details will be kept for 21 days.
8. Under the latest Church of England guidance, the Parish is operating a policy of 2 metres’ social distance. Please observe this on the way into church, when taking a seat for the service, and on exit. Please fill the church from the front pew back.
9. Please speak to clergy before the service if you wish to receive a gluten- free communion wafer, or to have communion brought to you in your seat.
10. Communion in one kind (bread only) will be received standing, in front of the altar rail.
Those coming forward for communion are asked to form a single line in the main aisle, socially distanced from one another, and return to their seats via the Lady Chapel.
11. The service is expected to last 25-35 minutes, and regrettably toilet facilities are not available.
12. At the end of service, you may be asked to stay in your seat until directed to leave, in order that exit from the church can proceed in a socially distanced manner. Please follow the direction of clergy.
13. As you leave church, an offertory plate will be available for cash and envelopes and the contactless donation point will be open.
14. Outside the building, after the service, will be the moment to greet other members of the congregation in a socially distanced manner. Refreshments will not be served.
15. Following the service the church will be locked to be quarantined for 72 hours and surfaces and door handles will be disinfected.
Please note that these measures are in place for your and others’ safety. We warmly thank you for your support and co-operation.
2nd July 2020