In response to COVID-19
We hope to be a source of inspiration and compassion for the community.
A letter from Peter
Reopening of St Aidan’s Church for Worship
As you may be aware, it is now possible to reopen our churches for worship as from 4thJuly, at a time and pace that it is felt locally to be safe to do so.
We are fortunate at St Aidan’s in that we have flexible space that we can adapt to the demands of social distancing, so we have decided to reopen for public worship this coming Sunday 12th July for a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am.
The church will continue to be open for private prayer on
Wednesday and Saturdays between 10.00am and 12 noon.
If you do intend to come to church on Sunday morning, you will find that a number of precautions have been taken to keep each other safe:
The seating has been rearranged to enable social distancing. It is assumed that couples and families will wish to sit together. As a consequence, the seating capacity of the church is much reduced. We hope that there will be sufficient room for those who wish to attend. If we run into difficulty in this respect, then we will review the situation for future weeks and make appropriate plans.
Please wash your hands on arrival or use the hand sanitizer in the church porch.
You will be asked to give your name and a contact number when you arrive.
This is so that you could be contacted should it be necessary as part of the tracing process. We will only keep this information for 3 weeks.
Although there will pre-recorded hymns played during the service, you are asked not to sing along, to reduce the possibility of spreading infection.
The words of the hymn and the words for the order of the service will be projected on the screen. It is not possible to use the hymn books or bibles in the church. Please bring your own bible if you wish to do so.
There will be no processions or Gospel procession.
We will not share the peace with any physical contact.
No offering will be taken during the service, but a plate will be left at the back of church for those who wish to make an offering. Your help in trying to avoid handling cash would be appreciated and so you might find it more convenient to give direct or by post to the church bank account (details from Howard Cleeve or Ken Newitt) or online (through https://givealittle.co/campaigns/8a599239-a9bd-4136-8b4b-1dcabb0a2c65).
Holy Communion will be offered to those who wish to receive in one kind only. Could you please stand to receive communion. The wafer will be dropped into the communicant’s hand by the presiding minister at arm’s length. Please maintain social distance when waiting in a line to receive communion.
At the end of the service it would be best if those who were at the back of church left first and moved straight outside by the main door and did not congregate at the back of church. There is plenty of space outside the church door for social interaction in accordance with government guidelines on social distancing.
Tea and coffee will not be served for the time being.
For those who feel unable to share in the worship in the church we intend to record the service and upload it to Youtube as we have been doing in previous weeks. We will email notification of the link as soon as possible after the service. We hope in due course to be able to offer you the opportunity to join in the service in real time and we will let you know when this is possible.
It is very important that those who are continuing to worship at home still feel part of one congregation and do not feel in any way an observer but rather feel a full participant in the worship. One of the advantages of worshipping from home is that you will be able to participate in the singing.
We are clearly in a new phase of church life and are having to learn as we go along. We will value your thoughts, comments and encouragement as we move forward.
Can I also at this time ask you to keep in your prayers our hopes that there may be some suitable applicant for the Team Rector role. Applications for this post are due to be in by 17th July.
Thank you for your patience and understanding
Yours in Christ
Opening of Church for Private Prayer
St. Aidan’s Church is now open for Private prayer :-
Wednesday and Saturday from 10.00 – 12.00
If you wish to come please follow these guide lines
1 – Wash your hands on arrival or use the sanitiser provided at the door
2 – Observe social distancing at all times
3 – Use the seating provided in the Baptistry on Chancel
4 – Feel free to take a Palm Cross
5 – If you wish to light a candle please light it from one that is already lit
6 – When you leave – please take with you and papers, prayer guides you have touched
Prayer Net Work
Some of us agreed to pray together (wherever we are… on the bus, at work or at home)
at 12:00 midday (or if that is not possible at 6:00 pm) for the current situation that we face together.
Remember that there will be people praying at the same time with the same purpose.
Thank you – if you can join us.
Jesus, people came to you when they were in trouble or in pain.
Friends carried them, strangers told you about them, some met you walking along the road…
In this time of uncertainty hear us now as we bring to you those who are sick across the world.
Sustain and support those involved in care and research.
Guide all who make decisions about health and wellbeing in this community and beyond.
Be with the anxious – remind us not to be afraid, but to trust in you,
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love. Amen
You may also wish to pray the Lord’s prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Contact the Parish
on 0191 236 7962