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Church open for public worship and private prayer

We are delighted that we can now hold services at St. James’ Church. Sunday morning worship will be held at 10.30am, and private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am – 12noon. 

We have worked hard to ensure that everyone who comes into our building will feel welcomed and be safe, but this does mean that things will look a little different, and there are some guidelines we are asking you to follow. Please see the video below for a helpful explanation of what church looks like for this time of transition back to normal.

The private prayer area has widely spaced chairs, a screen on which a short video of prayers is playing, and a stand of candles : if you would like to light a candle one of our volunteer welcomers will do so for you.  There is a one-way system in place from the entrance, with tape marks on the floor showing you the safe distances to stand.

Please be aware before you visit that there are no toilet, kitchen or crèche facilities.  We have had to take this decision in order to make it as easy as possible for us to open as often as possible.  Out team of volunteer welcomers will also be cleaning the chairs and other frequently touched surfaces regularly, and to open up our wider facilities is not currently feasible.

Our guidelines are:

  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, most notably a high temperature, a persistent new cough, a loss of taste or smell, we ask that you don’t come to visit us at church: instead please look after yourself at home: call NHS 111 and follow their advice.
  • Use the hand sanitiser on entering and leaving
  • Follow the one-way system asyou enter and leave through different doors
  • Please adhere to social distancing : if there is a queue there are properly spaced tape marks on the floor to guide you
  • Do not pass the no entry signs
  • Do not touch any surfaces
  • Only use one chair and try not to handle it
  • If you wish for a candle to be lit, ask one of the welcomers who will light one for you.  Please do not cross the line or light one yourself

Funerals and weddings can now take place in church but are limited to thirty people.

We are continuing to look after and care for one other : our Pastoral team are still supporting those in our community who may need additional help at this isolating time. Our main aims are to keep people safe, and continue to provide spiritual, pastoral and practical support to our community.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change… Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46 : 1-2, 10

Please stay safe and look after each other, and check back here regularly for updates.

Revd Michael Ridley   01925 261396   07891 978 920

Revd Rob Icke  07850 407 366

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