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Message from Revd David Page

10th July 2020

In light of the change in Government Guidelines and following a discussion within the church, we have made some decisions about our services throughout the summer.  The on-line service will continue each week until at least 30th August.  All our summer services will be followed by Zoom Coffee Time at 11.30am, if you have not joined us before and would like to, please contact the Church Office on 01270 762213 or office@stpeters-elworth.org.uk for details.

Some people have expressed how much they have missed sharing in bread and wine together, so we have decided to include an Agape meal in the Service on Sunday 26th July.  An Agape Meal is a re-enactment of the sharing of bread and wine at the last Supper.  For that service, please prepare some bread and wine (or grape juice) for everyone who will be with you on that day.  It would also be good to share together at the same time on that day so, if possible, please start the Service at 10.30am.

From Sunday August 2nd there will be a simple service at 4.00pm each Sunday.  I know that this time will not suit everyone but, at the moment, we are having to make a lot of compromises in terms of our usual pattern of worship.  On most occasions, this will be a Service of Holy Communion (bread only in line with Church of England Guidelines).  At present we are not allowed to sing.  Strict hand hygiene and physical distancing protocols will need to be observed.  This means that we will need to operate a pre-booking procedure for Services as we will be limited to 14 household groups (or bubbles).  For more information about these services, or to book, please contact the Church Office.

If restrictions are relaxed further, we are hoping to have at least one outdoor Service and one Service in the Church Hall during August.

Church will continue to open for private prayer each Sunday.  Please check the website, for details of opening times.

We are hopeful that we will be able to start some of our children’s and young people’s activities in September, as well as some more “normal” Services on a Sunday.  However, at the moment no plans can be finalised.  It is also our intention to maintain an on-line worship presence as we go forward into autumn.

Please be assured of our continued prayers and keep safe.

God Bless,

David