New COVID guidance – What does this mean for worship?
Following the recent government announcement for ‘Plan B’, we would now ask everyone coming into our churches to please wear a facemask.
All services over Christmas will continue as planned both onsite and online.
We will be conducting a service each Sunday at 10.30am, alternating between St. Andrew’s, Congresbury and St. Andrew’s, Banwell, which will be live-streamed to the New Creation Facebook page.
Please join us online or in person, you are very welcome. If you are new to our services, why not watch some of our previous live-streams by clicking on the ‘services’ tab.
We also have a simple said Communion Service in St. Andrew’s, Banwell on a Tuesday morning at 9am and in St. Andrew’s, Congresbury on a Wednesday morning at 9am. This service is not live-streamed.
Please join us online or in person, you are very welcome. Those from each community, and those who have joined during this time “online” are very welcome to attend either ‘physical’ Church for worship.
The Wardens and others are very aware that ‘returning’ to ‘physical’ Church will be a great blessing for some, and of considerable concern for others. It is simply there as part of our offering as a Church community – we will continue with “online Church” as an integrated aspect to our physical worship, and we will continue with Church@Home link groups, Pew News and the offer of Home Communion which is open and available to all.
As we are all aware, the Government has now formally ended ‘lockdown’ . As restrictions ease, there is still, understandably, some anxiety about the number of cases of Coronovirus and how best we can all stay safe. In response to this, we as the two Church Councils have looked at all the information and guidance from the Church of England and Public Health England and would like to encourage our congregations to follow these simple guidelines.
¨ Face Masks – We would encourage you to please wear your face masks in the churches.
¨ Hand Sanitiser – We would encourage you to please use the sanitiser provided when you enter the church building
¨ NHS Test and Trace – Please continue to use the NHS App if you can and we will continue to collect data for test and trace
¨ Congregational Singing – Singing as a congregation is still permitted, however we understand that some may wish to refrain or sing from behind their masks.
¨ Be Kind – The most important is to Be Safe and Be Kind. Please respect and understand that some people may wish to continue to socially distance or may not feel comfortable taking communion just yet. It has been a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone and will take time before we all feel comfortable doing things that we used to take for granted.
Be Safe, Be Kind.
To find out more about any of these or to discuss any concerns please send us a message or speak to one of the Wardens in either Church.
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 Life Events?
COVID-19 had a huge impact on important life events, baptisms, weddings and funerals with restricted numbers, however we are pleased to say that these restrictions have been lifted and we can now accommodate to the safe capacity of our churches.
For more information about Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals, please email SAC-Admin@newcreationchurches.org.uk or email@example.com
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.