- a roundup of news from St.Andrew's
The Worship Services we can offer at the moment are limited by the need to Social Distance and to comply with government guide lines.
At present we are providing a live Sunday morning service in church at 10:00am, but numbers are limited to about 20 and it's essential to book ahead to ensure a place. We also offer some on-line services, see below. For the latest news about how the virus situation is affecting church life visit the virus update page.
Church services will be different as we must follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- There will be a booking system to reserve a place at a service, as there will be limited capacity
- Singing is not allowed but music may be played
- Communion can be served without wine, probably administered to people where they sit in the pews.
- All leaders, volunteers and members of the congregation are required to wear face coverings apart from when consuming the communion bread or wafer
- It is not permitted to socialize either in the church or outside before or after the service
- There will not be refreshments served after the service
For those who do not want to or cannot come to a live church service
We are using social media to stream a service on a Sunday morning and a daily service of Evening prayers by led by members of the church and broadcast from their own homes.
The Sunday morning service is pre-recorded and goes out on both our YouTube and Facebook pages, usually at 10:15am
The daily service is streamed live on our Facebook Prayer page at 7pm. The daily service is reproduced some 45 minutes later on our YouTube page.
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
We are currently working out what is possible for us as a church as we get used to the "new normal".
What is on:-
- The church office is open in the morning, but with social distancing in operation. Peferably email or phone the office rather than visit.
- We are streaming a Worship service via our Facebook and YouTube pages on Sundays at 10:15. See the Current Sunday Worship news page.
- We are holding simple services of daily Evening Prayers, led by church members, at 7pm which are live via our Facebook page and available a little later on YouTube.
- The Thursday Food Bank continues but with a new procedure for distribution to help maintain social distancing.
- The CAP (Christians against Poverty) is in operation.
- We have a WhatsApp self help group in operation, see below.
- We have a telephone help group. Phone 07510 444487, see below.
- We are proactively seeking to support vulnerable people who are not into social media, see below.
Christians Against Poverty at St. Andrew's
In conjunction with CAP nationwide we have just opened a service to the community. CAP is a debt counselling charity devoted to help people out of debt and learn to organise their finances for the future.
This service is free and open to all irrespective of race or belief and is devoted to helping people to cope with debt. Entirely non-judgmental we aim to help people work their way out of debt in association with CAP national.
If you are in debt and need help contact our local Rep Rachel who will begin the process of getting you out of debt.
For more information about CAP visit the Christians against Poverty website,
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.