Update – 15 September 2020
Church will now be open for people to attend services at the following times:
8am – Eucharist (no booking necessary)
10am – Parish Eucharist (booking required)
9.20am – Meditative Morning Prayer (no booking necessary)
11.00am – Eucharist (no booking necessary)
3pm – 5pm – Private Prayer (no booking necessary)
These services continue to be streamed to Zoom and Facebook Live.
If you wish to join us for services on Sundays at 10am, please book by telephone or email.
In March I wrote to you about the suspension of Public Worship at All Saints as part of the national efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since then we have all been through great challenges. Children have missed school, many have lost their livelihoods, others have lost loved ones. As a church we have, however, continued to pray separately in our homes and corporately, some through the use of technology which has enabled us to gather online.
The PCC have been working hard to enable us to have a phased re-opening for private and public prayer in a way which is as safe as possible for anyone wishing to visit. As such whether you are visiting for private prayer or public worship we ask that you follow the guidance posted, to sanitise your hands as you arrive and leave (dispensers are at the doors), to wear face coverings, to maintain a 2m distance from one another, to minimise touching of others or surfaces and to follow the one-way system. The entrance will be via the main door on Church Walk and the exit will be via the door to the memorial garden, those needing disabled access can use the door to the Lady Chapel. Toilet facilities will not be available during private prayer or public worship.
For the time being, the church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays from 3 to 5pm starting on the 12th August. To maintain appropriate distancing up to 12 households can be in the building at any one time. A church watcher will be present to take your name and contact details for track and trace purposes (these will be kept for 21 days only). It will be possible to light a candle, to sit, to pray and to make a donation.
People will be able to resume attending the Sunday 10am Eucharist in person on the 30th August. We will be limited to 20 households attending this service and as such we will be using a simple pre-booking system – this will also help with track and trace (again your details will be kept for 21 days). To reserve a place you will need to ring the Vicarage (0207 435 3182) in the 7 days leading up to a service. Please leave a message as bookings will be on a first come first served basis. This process will be monitored to ensure that everyone who wants to attend the Eucharist regularly will be able to. In line with Government advice, there will be no singing, no Sunday Club and no after service hospitality. Children are, of course, welcome, and colouring sheets and other materials will be provided, however we encourage children to bring with them some colours and some quiet toys. Once the 10am service has resumed the PCC will review the possibility of other regular services restarting. Likewise as guidance evolves so will our procedures.
Not feeling ready to return
There will be some who do not yet feel ready to return to church and others who may still be shielding or who must go into quarantine because they have been in contact with somebody who has COVID-19. We will therefore continue to stream services via facebook and zoom; both the Sunday morning 10am Eucharist and the other services (see below for a schedule of services being streamed).
I thought I would also take this opportunity to share with you our Annual Report for 2019. This would normally be prepared for the Annual meeting, but is an important record of what we did in 2019 and is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all the wonderful things you have been doing as part of this community. Please find via our website. To save on use of paper we are only printing a small number of these this year, but if you know somebody who would like a copy that is unable to view it online, then please let me know so I can print them a copy.
Finally I hope that you are well and have remained safe. I am sorry that I have not been able to ring everybody as much as I would have liked, but please be assured you are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to ring.
The Reverend Robin Sims-Williams Priest in Charge