From Sunday 14th March, all services will be held in church once again.
We thank you for your patience in these difficult times and ask that you work with us to follow the necessary and robust health and safety measures each Sunday to do our best to counter any spread of virus and encourage everyone who wishes to come to feel as comfortable and secure as they can.
We have introduced further steps to guide everyone to observe a safe required distance by configuring pews and chairs so that there is an automatic safe distance between those seated.
Churchwardens or those in attendance will help ensure that this is strictly observed. We will ask you to sit promptly on entering and wait to be invited to leave your seat at the end of the service to ensure a smooth socially distanced exit from church.
We also ask you to make sure that you arrive and leave the building promptly and do not congregate or linger outside, however tempting. Further, familiar guidelines will be back in place.
Rev’d Phil recently commented that a decision about what date to host services back in the church building is a question of whether or not is more or less wise and not of right or wrong. Churches have been legally permitted to hold services in church buildings all the way through this last period of lockdown but, as you know, we, at St Laurence, decided in January that the risks outweighed the benefits then, and for those who could join us via Zoom, we have continued to hold 10am services; the bi-weekly prayer meeting and ‘The Bible Talks’ half hours. Others have been delivered a copy of the sermon each week.
In reaching our decision to return to church, we considered a range of elements. The heartening scientific information of vaccine roll out and the receding spread of the virus were amongst them, but the overriding factor in coming to our to resume services in church now has been the number of calls and requests from within the church family and wider community eager to return to church for all the benefits this brings to them. These last few months have been an especially isolating and confronting time for many, with or without access to Zoom, and we recognise this.
So, to summarise:
1 Please use the Service booking form to help us understand numbers and family groups.
2 Bring and wear a mask
3 Sanitize on the way in and on the way out using the separate entrance and exit.
4 Immediately sit individually, or within permitted family groups, observing the required social distance.
5 Children must sit next to their parents or guardians.
6 Remain seated until guided to exit.
7 Leave the building and the vicinity promptly.
However, we also appreciate that some may not wish to venture out just yet and we will happily deliver a copy of the sermon to you each week if you would like one. Do contact us at [email protected]
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) 2021 will be held on Sunday 16th May 10.30 am in church. It is a legal requirement to present the Annual Report and hold a vote for the election of Lay members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).
The 2020 Annual Report will be available to download from 1st May 2021 or please email the PCC Secretary, Carol Dodimead [email protected] for a copy.
The APCM is a meeting for all those on the Electoral Roll and anyone resident in the Parish. Please do come and join us. The meeting will follow a short service at 10.00am.
Each year the Electoral Roll is revised. A copy is available to view in the church porch. Anyone living in the parish who is baptised and over the age of 16 is entitled to join the roll. You can also join if you live outside the parish but have attended church services habitually for 6 months. The revision will take place between Monday 19th April and Sunday 2nd May. If you would like to join and would like a form, please contact [email protected] or collect a form from church.