- a roundup of news from St.Andrew's
28th June 2020
Following recent government announcements concerning the re-opening of church buildings, our Vicar, Mark has written in the "Little Net Extra" which is published each week. He writes:-
"Dear sisters and brothers in our church family, You will be aware from the news and other communications that places of worship are currently allowed to open for private prayer. This was followed on 23rd. June by an announcement that places of worship would be allowed to open for religious services and weddings, funerals and baptisms, albeit with number restrictions from 4th July as part of the general easing of lockdown restrictions. This note is to let you know what we are doing in order to assess the feasibility and benefit of safely opening the church for these uses.
The first and most important point to note is that the government have given permission to reopen. There is no compulsion or even recommendation that churches should reopen. It is up to the local church governance i.e. the incumbent, the wardens and the PCC to make the decision that is right for their church, taking into account all the individual circumstances pertaining to the local situation.
St. Andrew's response to the Covid-19 epidemic
This page deals with our church's response to the present coronavirus epidemic and how you can get help if you are self-isolating.
CHURCH STATUS UPDATE
What is on:-
- Email messages to the Church Office may be subject to a delayed answer.
- We are streaming a Worship service via our Facebook and YouTube pages on Sundays at 10. See the Current Sunday Worship news page.
- We are holding simple services of daily Morning & Evening Prayers, led by church members, at 9am & 7pm which are live via our Facebook page.
- The Thursday Food Bank continues but with a new procedure for distribution to help maintain social distancing.
- We have a lively WhatsApp self help group in operation, see below.
- We have an active telephone help group.Phone 07510 444487, see below.
- We are proactively seeking to support vulnerable people who are not into social media, see below.
What's Not on:-
- We have cancelled all public acts of worship for the time being. These include the regular Sunday services and the Wednesday Communion.
We are very sorry that because of the current Coronavirus epidemic we are not able to offer any public acts of worship at St. Andrew's.
This includes Sunday services, Midweek services and special services for Holy Week and Easter. We are acting in accordance with guidelines from the Archbishops, and the government on Social Distancing for the protection of the the vulnerable.
For the latest news visit the virus update page.
For those who want to participate in Worship
Although we cannot have a public worship service in church, we are using social media to stream a morning service on a Sunday morning and daily services of Morning and Evening prayers by members of the church broadcast from their own homes.
The Sunday morning is pre-recorded and goes out on both our YouTube and Facebook pages.
The daily services are streamed live on our Facebook Prayer page at 9am & 7pm. The services are reproduced some 45 minutes later on our YouTube page.
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. Please follow the guidance of our helpers for everyone's health.
Sadly we cannot accept gifts of food at the moment, but if you wish to donate please lay aside a sum of money. We will need the money later.
We are always looking for more donors to replenish our supplies! Will you help?
We are giving out over 100 tins a week, the average week is 14 bags, with 8 tins/bag. 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 any weekday morning or contact the church office to arrange a pick up. Thank you to all our contributers whose generosity is priceless.
For more information see our Food Bank Page.
Andrew's Net is our church magazine and is published three times a year. It contains lots of useful information about St.Andrew's. We always welcome potential contributions for publication. Do let us know if you have anything to share.
The edition that never was!
Sadly the Easter 2020 edition was never printed. It was ready for the printer when the Coronavirus restrictions on movement were introduced preventing us distributing it. And subsequent events have made some of the material incuded to be outdated.
Please be aware it is not possible to open the church on a Wednesday at the moment. Hope to see you when the coronavirus crisis is over.
In addition to the normal range of services St. Andrew's is open and manned on many Wednesdays throughout the year for heritage visits, prayer and reflection. The 2020 season is from Wednesday 4th March, and continues through until the end of November.
March, April - Wednesdays 10:15am - 3:15pm.
May to September - Wednesdays 10:15am - 4:15pm.
October, November - Wednesdays 10:15am - 3:15pm.
The National Heritage Open Days
The National Heritage Opening Days are in September each year. St. Andrew's takes part with many other places which are open locally, regionally and nationally. Please support these events. Over the Heritage weekend the church is open and manned for an extended time.
On our regular Summer Wednesday Open Day stewards will be present to assist you, as necessary. Leaflets detailing the heritage of the church are available.
For more information about visiting the church and it's history see our History Page.
The Boathouse Cafe is also open in the Church Hall on a Wednesday morning and is well worth a visit for a quick snack or a full cooked breakfast.