We look forward to welcoming you to a service in St Matthew’s Church.
For some of us the past few weeks have opened up new opportunities to meet people we have not seen for a while , though others may feel hesitant about going outside home after so long. We need to be patient with ourselves and supportive of one another as we learn to live with uncertainty.
We are grateful to be able to hold Sunday worship in Church and at the same time we will continue to hold midweek services online.
Please remember to phone or text 07519171685 between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Friday evening to reserve a place for Sunday worship in Church . As places are only be reserved one week at a time, you will need to ‘book in ‘for each service. While we do not have facilities to offer Junior Church activities or creche facilities in Church at the moment, JC members and leaders are keeping in touch online or by ‘phone.
You will be asked to provide your name and telephone number for NHS track and trace purposes. This information will not be used for anything else and will be destroyed after 21 days.
The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of
Worship from 8th August. Remember that they are mainly intended to protect other
people, not the wearer from COVID-19. Face masks are not a replacement for physical distancing and good hand hygiene measures. You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to (see below) *
Please use the sanitizer provided both on entry and as you leave the church.
You will be directed to a seat by a welcomer; please do not change seats or move around once you are seated unless you need to visit the toilet. Once all the allocated seats are filled we will not be able to admit any more people.
Service sheets will be available on designated seats. Please take these home with you to use during the week.
A plate will be available for your donations at the entrance to Church. We would prefer to keep cash donations to a minimum. Cheques should be made payable to St Matthew’s PCC.
Donations can also be made to St Matthew’s by standing order or online.
When the service ends, you will be asked to remain seated until you are directed to move, allowing those seated nearest the entrance to go out first.
PCC continues to meet regularly; as well as preparing risk assessments in preparation for re-opening the Church building, essential routine maintenance and safety checks have been organised and carried out. Those who have been able to visit the Churchyard will also notice that the Community Payback Team have done an amazing job of cutting the grass and tidying the Churchyard.
Our next PCC meeting is on Monday 24th August.
Look out for information and instructions on posters and signs both in the Churchyard and the Church building.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Priest in Charge and PCC August 2020
* You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):
• young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
• not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
• if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
• if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
• to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
• to eat or drink if reasonably necessary.