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St.Andrew's during the Covid-19 pandemic

This page gives up-to-date information about our church's response to the present coronavirus pandemic

CHURCH STATUS UPDATE

Sunday 22nd August, 2021.

Fortunately, we appear to be past the current peak in infections and thankfully hospital admissions and deaths remain low for our area. Therefore, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that we can safely reduce some of the restrictions around Sunday services.

While retaining face coverings and using alternate pews, singing to recorded music during the service will be possible for the first time in more than eighteen months!

Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.

We are looking to see whether we can reintroduce refreshments in the Hall after the services. We may not be able to do this after every service. There will be table and seats laid out and you will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.

If you are not yet ready to come back to in-church services, the online service will continue through September.

Foodbank will continue to operate with the same restricted procedures.

Church hall/office users will continue to follow the existing procedures.

The St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group will review these arrangements again in September. We thank everyone for their continued cooperation and understanding.

STOP PRESS: 

Fortunately, we appear to be past the current peak in infections and thankfully hospital admissions and deaths remain low for our area. Therefore, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that we can safely reduce some of the restrictions around Sunday services.

Therefore, from Sunday 5th. September:

What to expect as you come to church:

  • Sunday services will be open to more people, with alternate pews available for the congregation; a maximum of 6 people or 2 households in one pew.

  • Face coverings will continue to be required, as will hand sanitizer.

  • Congregational singing will be possible to recorded music.

  • Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.

  • Online Services will continue to be streamed on a Sunday morning.

  • We are looking to see whether we can reintroduce refreshments in the Hall after the services. We may not be able to do this after every service. There will be tables and seats laid out and you will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.

For those who do not want to or cannot come to a live church service please read on

We are using social media to stream a service on a Sunday morning led by members of the church and broadcast from their own homes.

The Sunday morning on-line service is pre-recorded and goes out on our YouTube pages. Tune in for the notices at 10:00 for a 10:15am start.

Here's a link to the YouTube Church video page

Here's a link to the Facebook Church Prayer video page

  • If you’re not yet on Facebook, then why not set up an account, and get involved so you can pick up news and keep in contact especially if you’re feeling isolated.
  • You don't need to subscribe to YouTube to take part.
  • If you need help on how to use Facebook to watch video this website might be helpful.
  • If you have a casting device like Google Chromecast or similar you can cast to your TV for a better viewing experience.

St. Andrew's Food Bank exists to provide food for people in need. If you find you cannot provide food for your family, whatever the reason, the Food Bank can help to tide you over until you're on your feet again.

The Food Bank is open every week. Call at St Andrew's Church Hall off Haughton Greeen, on a Thursday afternoon, 1:30 to 2:30pm.

During the Coronavirus epidemic we are keeping the Food Bank open, but with a strict procedure to maximize Social Distancing. When the weather is fine enough the distribution will  take place outdoors. Please follow the guidance of our helpers for everyone's health.

We can accept food donations between 12-30 and 2-30 each Thursday.

We are always looking for more donors to replenish our supplies! Will you help?

In recent weeks we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of families seeking help to over 25. Please add a couple of tins to your shopping this week -soup, beans, tomatoes, fish, meat, fruit and vegatables are all needed. Can you arrange a collection at your place of work?

If you can help us please drop off your contributions at the church office.

For more information see our Food Bank Page.

Over the past few months we have been fortunate to be successful in securing funding to ensure the future of the Darlington CAP debt centre for an additional year.

We are very grateful for the generosity of the Ballinger Charitable Trust, Darlington Building Society and County Durham Community Foundation who have all recognised the value of the work we are trying to carry out in our local area.

Click for more information about the Darlington CAP centre and Christians Against Poverty