Restarting Church Services - October 2020


By now, hopefully, you will have heard the good news that we are planning on reopening, albeit a week later than first hoped, and we will be holding gathered church services again beginning on Sunday 4th October. 

By that point it will be exactly 29 weeks since we were last able to physically meet together on a Sunday morning, and I know that, like me, you will have missed being together and the sense of fellowship that comes from worshipping and sharing life together. However, just because we are now able to meet together again, it does not mean that the virus has gone and, whilst we have worked hard to put all reasonable measures in place to minimise risk, it is impossible to make our gatherings completely safe. 

Therefore, I want to ensure you know that you have permission not to attend - not that you need my permission, but I do not want you to feel under pressure to come along if you do not feel comfortable doing so. And, if you are in a category of high risk, either due to age or health issues, then I must encourage you not to attend. This is not because we don’t want to see you, we do, but we also want you to be safe.

We will also continue to offer our online sermons, which can be found on our website at, as well as via our telephone line - just ring 01706 577570 and the sermon will begin to play after a few seconds (local call charges apply).

For those who do choose to attend, there will need to be some changes to what a ‘normal’ church service will look like, and I have tried to outline these for you here. I know that many of these changes are not ideal, however they are necessary, and this is just the first small step on a long journey.
Additionally, to help with our planning, can I ask that, if you are planning to come along, you let me know. This is not an obligation to attend, nor is it a case of having to ‘book’ your seat, but it will assist with our planning by giving us a rough idea of how many people might attend.

I know that this is a lot of information and it may appear overwhelming. If you have any queries, or would just like to chat about what this all means, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

And I look forward to seeing you all again soon, either on 4th October or in the future.

God bless,