[Updated Wednesday 21st July]
The UK government has lifted all legal restrictions on places of worship and given responsibility to local people to manage the risk of Covid infection and the anxieties of different people.
Holy Trinity church family is united by the love of the living God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who commands us to love one another as we love ourselves. As Covid restrictions are lifted, we each have an opportunity and obligation to show that love in the way we meet.
The answers to our survey of the attitudes of our people toward the lifting of restrictions shows a wide range of feelings towards public worship. Some want to be able to meet without restrictions whilst others are anxious and would prefer restrictions to remain for our safety and health. Because of this, we are not going to make any big changes at this time. The following guidance is based on our survey results. These are no legal requirements, but this guidance is best practice, for the sake of others.
Please give others the opportunity to indicate that they wish to remain socially distanced. If someone is wearing a mask, please assume this means they wish to remain at a safe distance.
When you arrive you will also be asked to give your name and number for track and trace.
You will be able to use hand sanitiser.
You are not required to wear a mask but may wish to do so for the good of others. Masks reduce how far the virus travels from your mouth.
You will be allowed to mingle and talk with others, but please DO NOT stand near the doors or in the central aisle.
We will be singing two songs or hymns. If you do not want to wear a mask, please sit near the front. If you will be wearing a mask, please sit near the back or upstairs.
Seats nearer the front will not be socially distanced. Seats toward the back and upstairs will remain socially distanced. If you are sitting near the front, you can ask someone to leave a seat vacant between you, for your comfort.
At the end of the service, we will go outside to sing. Many neighbours have said how much they have enjoyed the outdoor singing. As we leave, we will ask you to respect the social distance needs of others.
You or your neighbours may have practical needs like shopping, collecting medication or even just having someone to speak to on the phone. We would like to link people together through church so that everyone is cared for and are working on a way we can do that.
There may be things God calls us to do which we can’t yet see. If you have a need, please make contact. We can’t promise to be able to do everything, but we can pray and do what we can together as a church as we follow the commands of Jesus to love each other as he loved us.
Services are still on YouTube.
Our worship is currently recorded and uploaded to our Church YouTube Channel and will be made available as soon as possible. Notification is given on our Facebook page. Please like this page to receive notifications.
There will also be a copy of the service sheet on the website.
If you or anyone you know would like a service sheet or DVD delivered, please let us know.
Show love for God by your love for others
The Apostle Paul says it all, really, in Philippians 2:1-4
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.