Important Update on Worship Services…

Greetings everyone…

I’m sure you’re aware of the new government guidelines that allow for churches to open for worship this weekend. We have received additional guidance from the diocese and have considered whether or not to hold services at St. Edward’s this Sunday. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, we have decided not to hold services this Sunday. We still need to do some more cleaning and put a plan in place to make sure the church is as safe as possible for when we return. We want to make the space as welcoming as possible and we realise that we’ll need a lot of volunteer help during the service to make sure everyone is safe.

The other reason we have decided to wait is because our new audio/video system is being installed this Monday-Tuesday so it seemed to make sense to wait till Sunday 12 June before we gather in the church for worship when we’ll be able to live stream the service. We realise that some who are still shielding will not be able to join us in the building and we want to make every effort to include them in the church community. We’ll pass on more details about opening for worship on Sunday 12 June, but in the meantime we’ll continue our worship via zoom and will send out the weekly email with the link and service sheet for this Sunday.

However, because the size of service tends to be much smaller than Sunday, we will be offering our BCP Eucharist at 10.30 on Friday 10 June. We will arrange the chairs in the Clare chapel appropriately and will distribute the Eucharist in one kind (bread only). Unfortunately we will not be able to have coffee afterwards until we get some clarification on whether this complies with the new guidelines. For those who cannot join, we will test our YouTube livestream from the church and will send more details next week.

Thank you for being so patient with us. We long to be together again but I think waiting one more week will help us all. If you have any questions or concerns, please do be in touch with me or Matthias.

With all blessings…

Mark

Services This Week

Greetings Everyone!

You can find today’s BCP service recorded and available on YouTube for you to participate in at a time convenient to you.

Our Sunday Service will once again take place via Zoom and will be recorded for YouTube as well. Here is the 28 June 2020 Service Sheet and the link for the Zoom meeting. Once again we will begin with a virtual coffee time at 10:30am and the service will start at 11am. We hope you can join us.

I’m sure that you’ve heard by now the government has said that churches can open from 4 July which is very exciting for us all. However, we do not have plans at this point for how we’re going to resume services because we have to wait for instructions from the house of Bishops and the diocese. Rest assured, we will want to open for services as soon as we can but need to make sure that everything is in place to make St. Edward’s a safe place for everyone to gather.

As always we are grateful for all of your gifts! Offerings may still be given during this time via Standing Orders or one time bank transfer, via BACS [SORT: 20-17-19 / ACCT #: 30851477 – “St Edwards Church Vestry Fund”]

 

Blessings

Services This Week

Greetings Everyone!

You can find today’s BCP service recorded and available on YouTube for you to participate in at a time convenient to you.

Our Sunday Service will once again take place via Zoom and will be recorded for YouTube as well. Here is the 21 June 2020 Service Sheet and the link for the Zoom meeting. Once again we will begin with a virtual coffee time at 10:30am and the service will start at 11am. We hope you can join us.

Also, this Sunday the church will be open from 2-4pm for prayer and reflection. Helen will be playing the organ during this time. Everyone should ensure that they maintain proper social distancing; keeping a distance of 2 meters from others.

As always we are grateful for all of your gifts! Offerings may still be given during this time via Standing Orders or one time bank transfer, via BACS [SORT: 20-17-19 / ACCT #: 30851477 – “St Edwards Church Vestry Fund”]

Blessings