St Michael's is closed temporarily during second lockdown
Now that England is in lockdown, once again, we are not allowed to hold services in the church. We are hopeful that we will be able to reopen for most of Advent and to celebrate our Lord's birth at Christmas.
In spite of lockdown, St Michael's is still very much alive as a ‘virtual community’. We are using Zoom to hold online services and activities, which include:
• Sunday services usually at 10.00 am (3.30 pm on the 3rd Sunday each month)
• Prayer Wave online at 9.30 am on Wednesdays
• Little Angels is online at 1.30 pm on Thursday in term-time
• Joyful Singers Community Choir practices via Zoom on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6.00 pm
• Virtual Coffee Mornings at 10.30 am on the 2nd Saturday of the month
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We are taking part in the Church of England's Prayer for the Nation during this lockdown period. In their letter the Archbishops say "These are deeply challenging and difficult times for us all. When we are surrounded by fear and suffering, it can be hard to feel hopeful. This coming winter feels like it will be longer and darker than usual. We are writing to share our belief that whoever you are, and whatever you happen to believe, you are loved by God. Beyond measure. We also want you to know that we are praying for you, particularly asking that Christ’s love will comfort us, calm our fears, and lead our nation and our world through this terrible pandemic." We are all asked to pray each day at 6pm and we invite you to join with us.
A booklet of prayer suggestions can be found here and suggested prayers are posted on our Facebook page each day.
Please do contact us if you have other ideas of how we can support the community and its prayer-life at this time.
The exception to the church closure are funerals, which can take place still. Owing to social distancing regulations, the maximum capacity for the church is 30 people. You must wear a face covering , unless you have a valid exemption. For Covid Test and Trace, as you arrive, we will take your name and a contact number. If you use the NHS Test and Trace app we have posters displaying our QR code for you to use. We have taken all sensible precautions in reopening the church (cleaning, social distancing, etc), but only you know whether there are additional risks that make it unwise for you to visit church at the moment. Please do not come into church if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
Baptisms and Weddings
There are restrictions in place for baptisms and weddings at present. If you would like to discuss holding your special event after lockdown or reserve a date for later in the year, please email the Parish Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 01522 881664.