Updated 17 Jan 22
COVID-19 – Update on Plan B restrictions on worship
Following the announcement of the implementation of Plan B restrictions on Wednesday and the publication of initial guidance by the government and the Church of England we are of the view that the current restrictions on worship that we have had in place since early October should remain in place. The uncertainty about the new Omicron variant and what Bishop Sarah Mullally of the Church of England Covid Recovery Group describes as our Christian ‘duty to care for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable’, indicates that we should remain cautious in our approach and therefore ask those attending church services to wear face coverings throughout, as (since 10 December) it is now mandatory to wear face coverings in places of worship. We shall continue to provide communion in the form of wafers only and to allow the provision of post-service refreshments, for which it is of course necessary to remove face coverings temporarily, with the choice of whether to stay for refreshments or not being a personal one. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and respond to any further announcements between now and Christmas as required, but we hope and pray we can still have a much more normal celebration of Christmas across our Team than we were able to last year, while always being very mindful of the need to care for others and do all we can to minimise the spread of the new Omicron variant.
With every blessing in Christ, Andrew, Mary and Victor
The latest Team News (dated 16 Jan 22) and can be found at: TEAM NEWS.
ON-LINE BIBLE STUDIES
On Wednesday 19th January the one hour Bible study on Zoom at 11.00am resumes for a series of sessions on the book of Joshua, reflecting on what this book about new beginnings for the people of God might have to say to us as we hopefully emerge from the pandemic this year. Please contact Revd Andrew for joining instructions (email@example.com).
The evening session this week will be on Monday 17th January at 8 p.m. For the Zoom link and to find out which passage will be studied please contact Revd Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Diocese’s Exploring Christianity course is now available by Zoom. The course is open to all lay people, who want to explore faith, deepen their commitment and learn together with other interested students, whether or not they wish to pursue a calling to recognised ministry. There are no age limitations and no previous experience is necessary. The next module starts on 11th January at Swindon, 12 January via Zoom and 12th January at Westbury on Trym. More information at https://www.bristol.anglican.org/exploringchristianity/ (As at 0930 on 10 Jan Diocese website dates are incorrect – we have had an email from Bristol giving correct dates)
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.