Weekly comment from the Clergy

NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY - MESSAGE FROM THE REV'D SHEILA THOMAS

9th August 2020 

Greetings!

 

This weekend we welcome Charles back from his sabbatical on Lundy Island and we look forward to hearing all about his experiences there.

As promised, we now have the guidance from the Church of England on the wearing of face coverings in church, part of which is as follows: 

“From 8 August, face coverings are required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including places of worship, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.

There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups not to wear a face covering in these settings. In particular, those who are leading services, and those who assist them (for instance by readingpreaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained. This exemption does not apply to worshipers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

Once the president has received Holy Communion in both kinds, he or she should put on a face covering and sanitize hands before distributing the sacrament.

When receiving Holy Communion, each communicant should extend their hands to receive Holy Communion, with face covering in place. They should then lower or unloop the face covering, consume the consecrated bread, and then replace the face covering before moving back to their place in the congregation." 

The whole of the guidance can be found at:  www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

I think this is relatively clear and we continue to ask you to maintain social distancing as you enter and leave the church. If you have any queries, please do get in touch.   As always, there will be reminders of the new requirements as we go through the services.

Our services/events for the week are as usual:

Sunday:  10.00am St Marks - The Eucharist.      6pm Evening Prayer by Zoom 

Wednesday:  10.00am St Mark's - Holy Communion

Thursday:  10.30am Coffee Morning by Zoom

As usual I attach: :  Pew Sheet:  Homily : Sunday Link

With every blessing

Sheila


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