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.
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. Churches will be open 15 mins before the Service. We can accommodate only a certain number 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. It is mandatory to wear a face mask.
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 also remembering social distancing.
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.
16. A reminder - masks must be worn.
Please note that these measures are in place for your and others’ safety. We warmly thank you for your support and co-operation.
Dear Church Family,
What a week, we have seen the beginnings of that long spoken of possibility of a second spike, changes in the guidance for two weeks in a row, some empty shelves in the supermarket showing echoes of that time back in march we would rather forget.....
I wonder how you are feeling about it all, fed up, frightened, anxious, angry perhaps, a whole host of responses have been heard this week.
This week's readings offer something to us of course in our situation. (Philippians 2. 1-13 Matthew 21. 23-32). I was drawn this week to the reading in Philippians, Paul is writing to the church in Philippi from prison. Paul's mission and ministry was unswerving. Even from his prison cell he exhorts the people of Philippi to have the mind of Christ to love, to show compassion, to be of one accord, 'do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves'.
New restrictions may evoke all kinds of feelings within us, some we are aware of and some buried so deep we don't even know they are there. Our nation's leaders are asking us to put the welfare of one another first, before what we want to do.
Sometimes this is easy, but often it is hard, but we have God's help. Paul reminds the church in Philippi of Christ’s example, Jesus looked not to his own interests as he was sentenced to death, rather he looked to God's salvation plan, Jesus died and rose again, looking not to his own interest, but ultimately to our interests as he made a way possible for each of us to know God, to access Gods strength and grace when faced with difficult times in our lives and our communities.
We encourage you to draw on God for strength and grace in these difficult days, weeks and months ahead.
Yours in Christ
Revs Bridget, Nigel and Simon.
Please note that as from Saturday 8th August 2020 it has become a mandatory requirement for face coverings to be worn by all people attending and taking part in public worship within our buildings.
Services offered by Kidderminster Ismere Parish for the week commencing Sunday 27th September 2020
Sunday 27th September Holy Communion 09:30 at Holy Trinity, Trimpley
Holy Communion 11:00 at St Mary’s
Morning Prayer and AGM 11:00 St John’s, Wolverley
Please note: there is no weekday service in any of our churches this week
Mon 28th September to Fri 25th September at 08:00 Morning Prayer - online
Mon 21st September to Fri 2nd October at 20:00 (Not on Wed) Compline led by those involved in ministry from across the team of churches - online
Wed 23rd September Morning Prayer 10:00 at St. John’s, Wolverley
Wed 30th September Ismere @ Prayer 18:45 coffee and chat, 19:00-19:30 Prayer via Zoom - please see Facebook for a link or ask Nigel.
Saturday 3rd October 10:00 Bible Lyte – online