Arrangements for services from 1st May
COVID infection rates are beginning to fall from their all-time high but they continue to be at very high levels in our region. As you will know, many people of our church family, who have avoided catching COVID since the start of the pandemic have caught it in the last few weeks. Therefore, the COVID group have assessed that for May, we need to maintain our current restrictions which are:
If you test positive or have COVID symptoms, which these days include cold-like symptoms, do not attend a service or any other church activity.
It is no longer be necessary to wear a face covering in church although if you wish to continue to wear one, you should feel free to do so. This is permission rather than an instruction! We will continue to use every other pew.
Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.
It is no longer necessary to wear a face covering when enjoying refreshments after the service and the hall maximum safe capacity has been increased. However, please sit at a table of no more than six people, when you have received your coffee/tea as this is still safer than standing in groups.
The Sunday morning services at St. Andrew's follow the pattern but please note there will be differences during the Covid pandemic restrictions.
1st Sunday: Holy Communion Service
2nd Sunday: "All Together" Service
3rd Sunday: Holy Communion Service
4th Sunday: Service of the Word
5th Sunday: Various formats and usually followed by a "Shared Lunch" in the Church Hall
The ‘All Together’ Service is very much like the previous "All Age Service". However, the intention is to evolve it over time, building on the success of Family@4 whilst ensuring that the service really does have something for everyone.
We know that for some an earlier and quieter service is their preferred style. However, we suggest those who feel this way should consider trying worship at our sister church in Sadberge at their 09:15 time. Sadberge is a more traditional Sung Eucharist i.e. singing responses with a strong lead from the good choir. The first Sunday is a Service of the Word, and the following 3 (or 4) are Eucharistic.
After church coffee and biscuits are served in the church hall across the road.
There are no regular evening services at St.Andrew's on a Sunday but there are afternoon and evening services from time to time, some of these monthly, others at less frequent intervals. These are normally listed in the "Latest News" section of the website as they come due, or in our "Calendar of Events".
The occasional afternoon/evening services include:-
- A "Memorial Service" for the recently bereaved (twice a year, often in May and November), which includes prayer for each family we have recently ministered to.
- A service of "Prayer and Laying on of Hands" for the sick.
- The popular Christmas "Nine Lessons and Carols" service in December.
- "Prayer First". A time of informal prayer for the world and the church held at on the first Sunday of the month. This may take place in the church hall.