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Sunday Services in Church

Thank you to those who returned the recent survey saying whether they were likely to attend our first service in church on Sunday, 19 July at 11a.m. Due to
those who responded ‘Yes’, we feel it is necessary to set up a telephone booking service to ensure that we are able to accommodate the number wanting to attend and   also maintain the guidelines of social distancing. Thiswill also enable us to have a ‘Track & Trace’ system in place should this be necessary to use.
We are, therefore, asking you to phone each week to book your seat. This is a designated line and will only take your message. Any queries, please do
phone the Church Office number. So, the number to book your seat is:

01803 311488    

and we will need the following information:

  • Your name
  •  How many seats you are booking
  •  Your telephone number

We are asking you to book for each Sunday commencing this week for Sunday, 19th July and the booking line will close at 6pm Saturday evening. We expect to continue this system for the next month or two, but the situation is being reviewed regularly so do check the Notice Sheet and/or the website for any updates.
Please remember to bring your face coverings with you and arrive at church at 10.45am when the doors will be opened and the stewards will be available to welcome you back to church and show you to a seat (after you have sanitised your hands!).
Thank you for all your co-operation in these strange times, and we do hope and pray that the services will be a blessing to you as we begin to meet up once again.

 

Church Reopening survey

Many thanks to everyone who completed the survey about online worship and use of the church as we emerge from lock-down.

Here are a few reflections from the replies so far:

90% of people who responded are watching St Matthias’ online services

Most people have found them very valuable but we are also grateful for the constructive critique as well, especially about sound quality.

We are also going to attempt to make the earlier parts of the 930am services in particular more ‘child –friendly’, and then move on to more ‘adult’ material as the service progresses. This is to encourage more families to watch together.

One or two particular questions can be answered though:

Music –many people have rightly praised our own musicians, but some would like us to use other YouTube or recorded music within our services as well – unfortunately this is simply not allowed under the current copyright rules if we then upload them whichever licence you get. It’s fine to use them when in church, but we can usually only upload our own ‘cover’ versions of worship songs. We have been able to include a few other sources, but only where we have gained permission to do so.

Stewarding and your age: There are an encouraging number of people who have offered to help steward as and when we return to church, but some confusion about whether there is an upper age limit. For church ministers, the current guidance is that there is no longer any upper age limit, but it is up to individuals about the degree of shielding that one needs – it would make sense to apply the same criteria to anyone offering to steward. So, if in doubt, stay at home still.

Apology we did not include the 8am services in the survey – we are planning to record an 8am BCP service once a month, usually on week 2. We’ve only done two services so far.

We would like to share with you some more of the comments in the document below;

Church Reopening Survey

 

Covid -19/ coronavirus page

 

APCM 2020

With the Annual Church Meeting so delayed (it would normally have happened last Sunday 19th April!)  the Standing Committee of the Church Council encourage you to read the reports through anyway please?   First, because some people may have more time to spare at present, and secondly because by the time we do manage to meet for an Annual Meeting, what happened in 2019 may seem a long time ago!  We hope you will find an encouraging and helpful read.

APCM report 2020

Group reports