Information about worship from July 26th

The service will be shorter than usual (guidance is 30 – 45 minutes).  Unfortunately congregational singing is not allowed, and we are asked to make responses quietly.  There will be no books in the pews (although you may bring your own) but material will be projected onto the screen and there will be some music.

 

We would ask you to read carefully the following instructions and information which will apply unless there is a change in government guidance:

 

Arrival

On arrival (ideally between 10:15 and 10:30) please enter by either door, aiming to keep 2 metres from the people in front of you.

The church will be well-ventilated with doors open, so if you feel the cold, please come prepared.

On entering, please sanitise your hands.  If you don’t have any sanitiser with you, there will be some available.

In the light of the new regulations concerning the wearing of face coverings, we are requiring all who can to wear a face covering whilst inside the church building.   A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth and can be reusable or single-use face coverings.  A scarf, bandana, or hand-made cloth covering can also be used but these must securely fit round the side of the face.  This requirement does not apply to children under 11 and anyone whose health might be adversely affected by covering their face.

Your presence will be recorded for Track and Trace purposes only.  If you do not consent to this, please make it known as you enter. The lists will be destroyed after three weeks.

 

Seating

To allow for appropriate physical distancing, every third pew will be in use and seating positions will be marked (allowing for individuals, couples and households/bubbles).  It is therefore unlikely that you will be able to sit in your ‘usual’ seat!

A steward will be present to offer socially distanced help in finding a seat as you arrive. Please note that, once seated, further movement will be limited.

 

Departure

We are unable to have our usual time of fellowship at the back of the church so please do not remain in the church to chat.

Leave the building as soon as possible, observing social distancing and, once outside, please do observe the government guidelines for meeting people.

 

Children

There will be no crèche area or Junior Church during July and August (as usual).  Children are very welcome to attend worship and stay with their family group in the pew throughout the service.

 

General points

Offerings may be placed in the box near your point of entry/exit.  To avoid unnecessary movement this will not be presented during the service.

A toilet will be available.

The above arrangements may change depending on current advice and issues.



Covid-19 resources

The following devotional resources are available, if you are still unable to join us for worship in our church during the Covid-19 crisis.

Rosemary & Philip published a short interactive weekly blog to enable Methodist churches in the north of the Sutton Circuit to share a weekly meditation and encourage comments and discussion.

Sunday morning worship from Trinity Church Sutton is being streamed live at 10 am each week and a recording is available afterwards.

There is a live stream available from Wesley’s Chapel on Sundays at 9:45 and 11:00.

You can also download a special Methodist 'worship from home' service sheet for each Sunday.

We produced special meditations and worship resources for Holy Week and Easter Day.

 Here are some useful downloadable ecumenical prayer resources…

Prayers about the outbreak

Prayers with children

Personal prayer