WORSHIPPING, CARING, SHARING
in the name and love of God
St Laurence, Appleton
is a registered Fairtrade Church
A Message from Rev'd Phil Parker
Dear St Laurence Church Family
It was wonderful to gather this last Sunday. Next week we meet at 10am only and we are hoping to be able to fit in all who hope to come, using the booking system now in place.
We are also wanting to encourage you to remain mindful of the need to social distance and follow the other guidance in place:
Using the hand sanitiser on arrival
Sitting a metre apart from others, at least, unless a family unit – a couple or with children
Leaving the pews for those who are couples and families, and so making good use of the chairs available
Leaving straight after the service ends via the north door and sanitising again
This guidance will help protect us all and ensure that we can continue to meet in church over the coming weeks, and so my thanks to you all for keeping them in mind each Sunday.
As all our children will remain with us each Sunday at the 10am service throughout, the format of our time together will inevitably need to be adjusted to ensure we engage them as mush as possible, as well as serving the wider church family. My current thinking, after some discussion with the wardens and PCC secretary - and which remains very fluid in these strange times - is to make all 10am services ‘All Age’ and hold a monthly shortened communion after the service for those who wish to stay on, the first being this coming Sunday, 11 October.
I realise that all this makes church ‘not as we’ve known it’, but then so much of what we are having to do is the same. Please do pass on your reflections on how we are meeting each Sunday and any suggestions on how we might do so even better to encourage each other to ‘fix our eyes upon Jesus’ in these challenging days. Thank you.
With love and best wishes
St Laurence Service Booking Form
Click here to access the service form
To help us comply with government guidelines, ‘track and trace’ and to give us an idea of how many intend to join any particular service, we have composed a simple form and we are asking for your cooperation by filling it in for a service whenever you are thinking of coming.
There should be plenty of space for everyone and this is by no means a ticket/seat allocation form.
By completing the form, we gain an understanding of groups of numbers. You may be attending as a family of five or simply on your own. This helps us allocate chairs and gives us an idea of how to use the space wisely and to accommodate as many as we can.
There are some within the church family who are not regular computer users, and most of these are known to us. However, if someone you know needs help, please complete a form on their behalf or contact [email protected]
To access the form, please follow this link:
ST LAURENCE APPLETON WITH BESSELSLEIGH OPENING TIMES
AND SERVICES UPDATE
St Laurence Church is now open each Sunday 9am – 6pm
and for all scheduled services.
Information can be found on our services page.
In line with current government and Church of England directives and in order to help us keep our church building open and safe for all visitors, we are all required to observe the following:
- BRING AND WEAR A FACE MASK
-USE HAND SANITISER PROVIDED BEFORE OPENING THE DOOR AND AGAIN AS YOU LEAVE
- BRING TISSUES WITH YOU IF YOU HAVE A COUGH OR COLD AND TAKE THEM AWAY WITH YOU FOR DISPOSAL
-OBSERVE THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINE SOCIAL - DISTANCING 2 METRE RULE
-CHILDREN ARE REQUIRED TO REMAIN SEATED WITH THEIR PARENTS AT ALL TIMES
If you do discover you have Coronavirus having visited St Laurence please notify Roger Mitty 01865 863794
Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding
New Christianity Explored Course
Christianity Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course, suitable for anyone who is wanting to think through some of life’s big questions.
You don’t need to know anything about the Bible, and you won’t be asked to pray or sing. You can ask any question you like, or you can just sit and listen. Oh yes – and it’s completely free!
In these strange times, you may have questions and CE is a great place to explore what life is all about. It might just be the best news you’ve ever heard.
We are planning to run a new course for anyone that may be interested sometime in the near future. If you would like further information or have any questions you would like to ask before committing please contact Stuart - [email protected] - One of our Churchwardens.
ST LAURENCE CHURCH AT HOME
Prayer Outreach - https://forms.gle/K6nGfxaSonzorLWd9
A parish prayer resource to encourage prayer for all needs but specifically those in the parish. If you would like to request a prayer please follow the link or call -
Roger Mitty 01865 863794.
Virtual Prayer Meeting - a twice-weekly virtual prayer meeting, praying for the global and local needs at this time:
Wednesday @ 20:00
If you're interested in joining, email Stuart Gibson - [email protected] - to be added to the invitee list. You don't need a laptop/webcam to join (although these will help with the experience) - just a phone is sufficient.