A message form Christopher Harrison:
At its meeting on 28th July, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) considered how to respond to the changes in the Church of England guidance which now make it possible to relax many of the restrictions which have affected our worship and other church activities. On balance, though, the PCC concluded that for the time being it would be premature to make any major changes. This means that for the time being we will not be resuming congregational singing, with the exception of the final hymn at St Peter’s which will be sung in the churchyard, weather permitting. There will be a modest adjustment to the spacing of the available pews in the centre aisle at St Peter’s, to allow more people to sit in this part of the church if they wish. We continue strongly to encourage everyone to wear face coverings in church, primarily for the benefit of those around them. We also remain of the view that social distancing is important, and urge you to respect the desire of those who are particularly keen to keep at a safe distance from others. There will be no change for the time being in the communion arrangements, or in how we greet one another when we share the Peace. The booking system at St Peter’s, however, is now discontinued although we would like you to continue to give your contact details when you come to services. Please do remember that members of our churches may feel differently about these issues, and these differences should be respected.