Parish COVID-19 Update
This notice is to bring you up to date with the Parish steps and procedures addressing COVID-19.
23 March 2020
- The Wardens and Clergy are meeting tomorrow morning (online) and we will be in touch regarding plans for connecting together as a worshipping community through online means. This will likely be in the form of live streaming non-eucharistic services – check your inbox for details and let us know of any others that would like to connect with us in this way.
- All essential information and updates from us will be shared via email but we will be using our Facebook page to share what the church as a whole is doing to help people connect and strengthen our faith at this time. You do not have to sign up to Facebook in order to view material – simply click here, ignore the sign up section, and scroll down to the various posts that are there. Contact people who you think may need assistance in setting this up – this will become an essential method for connection over the next few weeks.
Please make sure that you are ready for self-isolation by Midnight Wednesday and put plans in place for going forward. Check with those around you, remember to care for yourself, be in touch via phone calls and online, get outside for a walk each day – we are allowed to do that.
A verse from our worship on Sunday:
‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ (Heb 13:8)
You will be in our prayers and I encourage us all to be praying for one another and our community.
The St Aidan’s Team
21 March 2020
As you may be aware, the latest update from the Government advises that those at high risk of infection (those over 70, those who have either a compromised immune system or underlying health conditions) are now to remain at home. Our final 8am and 9:30am services this Sunday have been planned with this latest restriction in mind – we appreciate some may be keen to attend tomorrow, but if you fall into this category we do ask that you follow the Government’s advice and remain at home. This advice is given not only with this group in mind, but also for the health and well-being of the wider community.
A recap of our previous information:
- We will be giving instructions at the beginning of both services on Sunday to maximise the large space we have (i.e. spread out) while still making it possible to participate in gathered worship.
- If you are at all unwell, please stay home. Get in touch with the church office to let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We would love to know how we can support you during these times – please get in contact with our office: email@example.com
- A reminder that we will be live streaming our 9:30am service on our Facebook page. Click here and you will find the live stream there from 9:30am on Sunday.
- We will need to turn people away to ensure we comply with the 100 person limit, although we now anticipate this will be unlikely.
The Wardens and Clergy, along with support from Vestry and staff, are meeting regularly to discuss the variety of issues this raises for us as a church community – we will be in touch again soon with information around our other activities as well as how we plan to continue to function as a worshipping community.
Again, continue to support one another and yourselves.
20 March 2020
We have received notice today from our Bishop that this Sunday (22 March) is to be the last Sunday for public worship services in the Diocese until further notice. We will be in touch via Facebook, email and our website to advise of any further updates as we receive them along with information on what church will look like going forward. We will be practicing appropriate hygiene and distancing at this service – if you are able to attend the 8am service, we encourage you to do so. If you are unwell, please stay away (and let us know you are OK). Our prayers are with you all and you will hear from us soon. Be safe.
18 March 2020
We have modified parts of our service and will continue to do as required:
- We have been advised to no longer offer wine in the common cup or to use individual cups for communion. So as from Sunday 15th March we offer communion in one kind only, the wafer.
- If individuals would rather not take communion, a blessing is available.
- Hand sanitizer readily accessible positioned as you enter church and as you move forward for communion.
- People have been advised not to shake hands or have direct physical contact during the peace and as people leave. Those instructions have been in place for a number of weeks.
Pastorally – if you are ‘staying away’ we would love you to ‘log’ this with Anne in the office. That way we know you are safe but can also follow up knowing that this is a choice and not because you are unwell. It would be good to know also if you might need any practical support, particularly if you don’t have family in town that might be able to help you out.
If you would like to view our 9:30am Service online we will be live streaming from our Facebook page. There will be other ways to connect with each other and we will continue to consider options for this as the situation develops – we will be in touch.
The Bishop wrote saying, “I urge people in our churches to do their best to adapt to these changing circumstances, and to continue to care well for one another.”
The St Aidan’s Team
Below is a reminder about practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene.
‘This virus is mainly spread through droplets being coughed/sneezed onto people and onto surfaces which if people touch, they can then pick up the virus too. Wash your hands a bit more frequently, preferably with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds (sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice), and make sure you dry them well. Always cough and sneeze away from others and into your elbow rather than your hands. Try to be mindful of how many times you touch your face and try not to. Avoid shaking hands with people.’