Following the latest Government announcement that we have gone back into a national lockdown, we have decided to suspend ALL PUBLIC WORSHIP for the time being, however the churches will remain OPEN for private, personal prayer.
What does that mean for worship?
We are conducting one service on a Sunday morning at 10.30am, which will be live-streamed to our Facebook page, recorded alternately from our two churches.
We are thrilled that our Church Buildings can remain open during the week for private prayer, with all social distancing and hygiene measures firmly in place and that we can offer online services. We hope that this offers some hope to our communities in what has been a time of great uncertainty.
During the first Lockdown we had been posting content online, both here and on our Facebook page, as well as producing downloadable material for worship at home and keeping in touch through conversations. This will continue. We have been greatly encouraged and humbled by the growing online faith community and their willingness to share with us and we want to make sure that we are walking alongside all of those following online.
The Church of England has also provided a wide range of resources for continuing worship at home. These include online services and downloadable resources. More information can be found on their website here.
We will also continue to post a short message daily on our Facebook page and available afterwards here. (Click on the New Creation logo at the top of any page to navigate back to our ‘blog posts’ where you will find the daily videos and Bible Readings.)
For those following us online, we have a short example of an Agape Feast to download, if that is something that you would like to take part in at home.
What about Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals?
As we are currently in lockdown, this has implications on these important life events.
Funerals can still take place in church as well as at the graveside or Crematorium, however there are still restrictions as to who can attend and the number of mourners, to adhere to social distancing and public health advice. The current guidance suggests that there can be 30 people at a funeral service and 6 at a burial, scattering of ashes or similar linked service. Your funeral director and minister will be able to advise you of this further.
Weddings, wedding blessings and renewals of vows can only take place in church with a maximum of 6 people in exceptional circumstances, however receptions cannot yet take place. If you have any queries, please do speak to us.
Baptisms can take place under the same guidelines as public worship, so while they are possible, they may be logistically difficult due to the segregation of household bubbles. Please contact us for further information.
For more information about Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals, please email SAC-Admin@newcreationchurches.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
For detailed guidance from the Church of England, see their Coronovirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Churches and FAQ page on www.churchofengland.org.uk or click here.