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Our services are now back in church each Sunday, according to updated government and Church of England guidance. For the time being we ask that those attending church please wear a face mask unless otherwise exempt, and adhere to social distancing regulations.
For our most up to date coronavirus information, please see the below message from our vicar, dated 19th July 2021.
With the Government now removing the final set of restrictions, we want to assure you that our first priority will always be to protect the safety of every soul in our parish.
As a community in Christ, we now need to move forward without set legal restrictions and as churches decide how best to manage the risk to ourselves and others. No two churches will be the same for a while to come yet, so please be mindful that careful assessments have taken place to ensure the best possible safety of everyone so that no one feels excluded from attending a service.
Any place where multiple people can gather is still going to be an area of risk. The virus isn’t going away, and even those who have accessed both doses of the vaccine may still be at risk from contracting or spreading any variant of Covid-19. God calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves, to protect the widow and the orphan, and to love one another as God loves us. No one would willingly put a loved-one at any kind of risk or in any danger.
The following cautious approach to what will, and will not, change will be regularly reviewed.
- Hand sanitisers: will remain and we ask that you continue to use them as you enter and leave the building, and of course at other times you feel necessary.
- Track and Trace – QR Code: To ensure a proper understanding of any trends in the rise of cases we will still ask you provide contact details when you enter one of our buildings.
- Singing: Many church members long to be able to sing again as part of our worship. As such singing will be allowed from the 19th of July. However, we ask that face coverings are worn during singing.
- Face Coverings: Apart from those who are exempt, we will continue to encourage all to wear face coverings while you are inside and moving around within close proximity of other people. We strongly encourage all to wear face coverings during singing. We believe that this measure is an important step in safeguarding everyone.
- Holy Communion: We will continue to offer communion in one kind until a proper assessment of how our congregations want to proceed.
Throughout the pandemic the majority of people have been grateful for the precautions in place, as frustrating as we know many of you have felt. Now, as together we learn to live with the virus, and we begin to look forward to the summer, and the opportunities which Harvest and Advent will offer we ask that you continue to be sensitive to the needs of those around you.
Philippians 2:3 reminds us, ‘But in humility consider others as more important than yourselves’.
Revd. Luiz Lima
Vicar of Christ Church Worksop and St Luke’s Church, Shireoaks & Rhodesia
- We continue to stream all of our services online, and you are most welcome to join this growing online community. To view our services, please check our Facebook live videos pages for Christ Church and St. Luke’s. Services for both churches should be accessible whether or not you otherwise use Facebook.