Corona Virus

Update from Gemma and the Archbishop – 17th March

I am getting in contact with you following Boris’ speech on Monday and the letter from the Archbishop’s today (Tuesday 17th March) – if you have not seen the Church of England update it is here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

Public worship has now been put on hold – therefore there will be no Sunday services  or mid-week meetings until further notice. We have in place plans to enable and encourage worship at home during this time. Steve and I have recorded a Morning Prayer which I will send out on another email along with the Church of England’s resources for worship at home. We will also be sending out reflections on Bible passages. I hope that some or all of these things are useful to enable us to worship God until we can meet together again.

Update from Steve and Gemma on 14th March

Sunday Services

We are meeting tomorrow and services will be happening at usual times in both churches. Going forward we will let you know if things change in subsequent weeks – we are watching developments closely.

To ensure that we are looking out for one another and to keep those who are most vulnerable amongst us safe please note the following:

  • Hands are to be washed when entering the building in each church
  • As much as possible try to sit apart from others during the service (at Christ Church the chairs are set up further apart to enable this)
  • We will not be passing around the offering plate (therefore at St John’s the plate will be in the available to place your offering in).
  • We will be sharing the peace verbally and not shaking hands etc.
  • The communion cup is now suspended by the Bishop, therefore you can only receive communion in ‘one kind’ i.e. bread only.
  • On instruction from the diocese we will not be having refreshments before or after any of the services tomorrow or until further notice.

Update from Gemma on 12th March

You will be aware that things are evolving with Corona Virus. I am expecting after Boris’ speech today I will have an update from the diocese. As it currently stands is that we are no longer permitted to use the common cup but now communion is ONLY in ‘one kind’ (bread only). Similarly not to share the peace, or greet each other with a hand shake or hug or pass around the offering plate. Additionally, if you are bringing a keep cup on Sunday then the refreshments team will not be able to fill this for you due to infection control. Of course things are quite likely to have moved on by Sunday so we will give you an update either by email and Parish of Cove Facebook or in the services.

Update from Gemma and Steve on 7th March regarding the Corona Virus

I am getting in touch with an update on our response to Corona Virus based on information from the Diocese of Guildford. We are aware that we are still in the containment phase so this advice may change.

Out of our love for one another in our family in the Parish of Cove our priority is to protect those who are most vulnerable, therefore I’ve detailed our response below:

Self-Isolation

If you have been advised to self-isolate or you have exhibiting symptoms please do not come to a church service or other ministry you are involved in. If you are on a rota please let the person organising the rota know.

If you have Corona Virus

The diocese have advised if you are diagnosed with Corona Virus please let myself or Steve know via email or phone.

Handwashing

Please follow government handwashing advice (as an aside you can say the Lord’s Prayer in 20 seconds which can be great for both our spiritual and physical health). Please feel free at any point in the services or any of our gatherings to go and wash your hands – whether when you arrive or during a service (no one will offended if you pop out during a service).

Communion

During the peace we will suspend the shaking of hands/hugging/kissing but rather share the peace verbally. We will be using alcoholic wine during communion at all congregations in both churches to protect the vulnerable, however all are free to not receive the wine at all. Canon Law of the Church of England states that if you have taken of communion in ‘one kind’ i.e.  bread only, then you have full received communion. Practically this means you can come to the front to receive the bread and then return to your seat.  On the advice of the Bishop, intinction (dipping of the bread/water) has been suspended. If you any health concerns meaning that you would prefer not to receive communion at all during this time that will be respected and you may want to use this time in the service for your prayer and reflection.

Myself and Steve have been discussing how we respond appropriately and will also be discussing Corona Virus at PCC on Monday. We appreciate your support and love for one another at this time. We will update you as is necessary

God bless

Gemma and Steve

Activities Affected

Christ Church will be open for the Foodbank ONLY, on Wednesday’s between 12pm and 2.30pm but please check their Facebook page or website for the latest news.

All Sunday Services and Mid-week meetings at both Churches are on hold until further notice. 

We are setting up services online during the lockdown period. Please check the Parish of Cove Facebook Page for the latest details.

Activities Affected

Christ Church will be open for the Foodbank ONLY, on Wednesday’s between 12pm and 2.30pm but please check their Facebook page or website for the latest news.

All Sunday Services and Mid-week meetings at both Churches are on hold until further notice. 

We are setting up services online during the lockdown period. Please check the Parish of Cove Facebook Page for the latest details.

Corona Virus

Update from Gemma and the Archbishop – 17th March

I am getting in contact with you following Boris’ speech on Monday and the letter from the Archbishop’s today (Tuesday 17th March) – if you have not seen the Church of England update it is here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

Public worship has now been put on hold – therefore there will be no Sunday services  or mid-week meetings until further notice. We have in place plans to enable and encourage worship at home during this time. Steve and I have recorded a Morning Prayer which I will send out on another email along with the Church of England’s resources for worship at home. We will also be sending out reflections on Bible passages. I hope that some or all of these things are useful to enable us to worship God until we can meet together again.

 

Update from Steve and Gemma on 14th March

Sunday Services

We are meeting tomorrow and services will be happening at usual times in both churches. Going forward we will let you know if things change in subsequent weeks – we are watching developments closely.

To ensure that we are looking out for one another and to keep those who are most vulnerable amongst us safe please note the following:

  • Hands are to be washed when entering the building in each church
  • As much as possible try to sit apart from others during the service (at Christ Church the chairs are set up further apart to enable this)
  • We will not be passing around the offering plate (therefore at St John’s the plate will be in the available to place your offering in).
  • We will be sharing the peace verbally and not shaking hands etc.
  • The communion cup is now suspended by the Bishop, therefore you can only receive communion in ‘one kind’ i.e. bread only.
  • On instruction from the diocese we will not be having refreshments before or after any of the services tomorrow or until further notice.

Update from Gemma on 12th March

You will be aware that things are evolving with Corona Virus. I am expecting after Boris’ speech today I will have an update from the diocese. As it currently stands is that we are no longer permitted to use the common cup but now communion is ONLY in ‘one kind’ (bread only). Similarly not to share the peace, or greet each other with a hand shake or hug or pass around the offering plate. Additionally, if you are bringing a keep cup on Sunday then the refreshments team will not be able to fill this for you due to infection control. Of course things are quite likely to have moved on by Sunday so we will give you an update either by email and Parish of Cove Facebook or in the services.

Update from Gemma and Steve on 7th March regarding the Corona Virus

I am getting in touch with an update on our response to Corona Virus based on information from the Diocese of Guildford. We are aware that we are still in the containment phase so this advice may change.

Out of our love for one another in our family in the Parish of Cove our priority is to protect those who are most vulnerable, therefore I’ve detailed our response below:

Self-Isolation

If you have been advised to self-isolate or you have exhibiting symptoms please do not come to a church service or other ministry you are involved in. If you are on a rota please let the person organising the rota know.

If you have Corona Virus

The diocese have advised if you are diagnosed with Corona Virus please let myself or Steve know via email or phone.

Handwashing

Please follow government handwashing advice (as an aside you can say the Lord’s Prayer in 20 seconds which can be great for both our spiritual and physical health). Please feel free at any point in the services or any of our gatherings to go and wash your hands – whether when you arrive or during a service (no one will offended if you pop out during a service).

Communion

During the peace we will suspend the shaking of hands/hugging/kissing but rather share the peace verbally. We will be using alcoholic wine during communion at all congregations in both churches to protect the vulnerable, however all are free to not receive the wine at all. Canon Law of the Church of England states that if you have taken of communion in ‘one kind’ i.e.  bread only, then you have full received communion. Practically this means you can come to the front to receive the bread and then return to your seat.  On the advice of the Bishop, intinction (dipping of the bread/water) has been suspended. If you any health concerns meaning that you would prefer not to receive communion at all during this time that will be respected and you may want to use this time in the service for your prayer and reflection.

Myself and Steve have been discussing how we respond appropriately and will also be discussing Corona Virus at PCC on Monday. We appreciate your support and love for one another at this time. We will update you as is necessary

God bless

Gemma and Steve