Latest message from Father Alan
Dear Friend and fellow member
Bit by bit the restrictions on our movements and activities have been easing, even though we are not quite out of the woods yet, and many of us might be feeling anxious about a possible second wave of this nasty virus that has come to plague us. I hope, however, that you are coping and staying as safe as you can.
Now that we are able to open up or churches again, we have been able to arrange the following:
This Thursday, a professional cleaning team will come in to make our church building clean to welcome people in again
On Saturday, some of us will be going in to move furniture, and put in the necessary signage to enable us to meet for worship
On Sunday at 10am there will be a celebration of the Eucharist to which you are invited if you are no longer having to shield and you are free from any virus symptoms. We very much appreciate that you might not feel confident enough yet. But just so you know:
We will invite you to wear a MASK as you enter (through the West Door) and leave (through the Sacristy door), each time cleansing your hands with antibac which will be present at each location.
The TOILETS will not be available for a while yet, so when you do come to worship please make suitable prior arrangements!
There will be NO SINGING, nor will there be refreshments afterwards.
When receiving the SACRAMENT you will be asked to stand in line 6ft apart, and Communion will be in one kind only.
FOLLOW the signage, and sit only where indicated. Families may sit together by moving a chair or chairs to an indicated spot. However, there will be no chair to replace one that is moved.
We can ACCOMMODATE 40 or so people. We will only know exactly how many when we have laid out the chairs (no one will be turned away!)
Please check our website, or call me (I will leave a suitable message on the machine) if you want to check on any last minute change of plan. Come suitably clad for the weather, as there will be a short celebration outside, if for some very slender reason we are not able to be inside (which would only happen if the cleaning team reneges on us!)
Services will continue to be streamed for the foreseeable on Facebook (“Amblecote Parish Church”) and Zoom (number 733 781 9366, and passcode 882020)
It is possible to phone in and both listen and contribute on Zoom: the numbers to choose from are as follows: 0203 481 5237 / 0203 481 5240 / 0203 051 2874.
For those of you who are using the morning prayer booklet, and enclose a lectionary of Psalms and readings.
Continue to take best care of yourself.
With prayers and best wishes