Re-Opening of Our Church
We're really excited to share that from Sunday 25th April 2021 we will be holding live services once again in the church building. As in the Autumn last year, there will be a service at St Mary's Bletsoe from 9-9:30am and one at All Saints Riseley from 10-10:30am. These services, which are open to all, will be identical and include the same talk as the online service along with the reading and some prayers.
We are not yet in a position to offer children's groups during the service, but we have plans for these to start up again on Sunday 24th May (more details to follow!) As such our main service will for now continue to be the pre-recorded service (including children's talk) on YouTube which will continue to be available each week to watch from home and we fully encourage people to continue enjoying these services without feeling any sense of compulsion to come into the building if you do not yet wish to.
For those who do intend to join us in person for our live services in the building, there are still a number of restrictions imposed on church services which we have to comply with, including social distancing inside the building and the wearing of facemasks.
We have prepared some simple instructions to follow to help us understand what to expect and to ensure that we are keeping people as safe as possible in line with the guidelines issued by the government and Church of England.?Please read them carefully.?
1) If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to church, but rather watch the service online at home or follow the paper copy which will continue to be distributed to those not online.
2) Parking is available in the church field or on Church Lane as per usual.?
3) The doors to the church will be open from 9:45am.
4) As you approach the church building, please keep a safe social distance from people from other households, and please be patient as you wait to come in – we will not start until everybody is safely seated!
5) Please place your face mask on your face before entering the church building and keep this on for the duration of your visit (there will be some spares at church in case you forget).
6) Please sanitise your hands on entry to the building (a hand sanitising station is available just inside the door), and give your contact details to the person by the door compiling the register for test and trace purposes.
7) Please follow the instructions issued by the welcome team as to where to sit (this may be different to your usual seat) - please keep a minimum of 3 empty seats between separate households.
8) Please remain seated during the service unless otherwise instructed.
9) At the end of the service please remain seated until you are invited to leave (this to avoid a bottleneck at the exit). When you leave, please make sure that you take all your belongings with you.?
• Please bring a Bible with you – there will not be any available at church.?
• Sadly, there will not be any singing during the service.
• There will not be any refreshments served after the service and we ask that you wait until you are outside of the building in the churchyard before engaging in conversations with others.?
• The toilet will be available to use.
Once again, we’re sorry that this might all sound like a far cry from what we are used to and what we might like, but we hope you understand that we need to follow the guidelines that have been issued as we look to keep people safe. Hopefully, it will not be too long until conditions start to improve, and things can start to look a little more familiar.?