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Church Opening Sunday 19/07/2020

Please download these two documents or read the information below to see our plans for an opening of the Kensington Worship Centre.

To the All Saints Church Family

We hope that this letter finds you well in these unusual and uncertain times. It’s safe to say that none of us have lived through anything quite like this before! We do though, have so much to give thanks for in light of the continuing positive progress regarding COVID-19 and the easing of lockdown.

We are also full of thanks for the extraordinary faithfulness of the members of All Saints during this difficult time. It’s been wonderful to hear of so many of you keeping connected with each other in different ways and to continue being the church! We also, however, lament with those of you for whom this time has been incredibly challenging, especially those who have been isolated, unwell, financially strained, and grieving. We continue to pray for the entire COVID-19 crisis, and are grateful we can now restart our services in some form.

We plan to restart the 11am Sunday service at the Worship Centre on Sunday 19th July. The 10am service at the Parish Church will restart in the near future. These services will of course be a little different from ‘normal’, be restricted in numbers, and also require all of us to register our attendance at the door.

For some of you, especially if you are or have been shielding, this may feel too soon to be gathering together. These are early days and this is a gradual process. Please do whatever you feel is right for your particular circumstances to keep yourself safe.

Our current online Sunday service at 11 am will continue for the time being, as will the 3pm Zoom service for families and children.

Gathering in person will have some different requirements as we register, attend, and leave the service and a copy of our current guidelines is attached to this letter. We ask for your prayers and your patience as we continue to work out the best way to keep us all safe.
As the Government and Church of England guidelines change, we will keep you updated as much as possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Our Bible verse for this year is a timely reminder of God’s provision and the hope we have in Him.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

With every blessing

All Saints Leadership Team

T: 0151 345 3208

Church opening guidlines

Further Advice and Guidelines Please be assured both buildings and the Hub have been thoroughly cleaned, according to current Government and Church of England guidelines, prior to opening.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the service to allow time for registration.

Government guidance includes a request for names of attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required.

• Parents/Carers are responsible for their own children at all times. Children are always welcome at All Saints. Unfortunately we are not able to provide separate children’s activities at the moment so before planning to attend please carefully assess whether the child(ren) in your care can sufficiently understand and adhere to these current guidelines for the duration of the service.

• The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for public worship and chairs or pews will be set out or marked accordingly. People from the same household or “bubble” can sit together and this may require some movement of chairs by those on duty as people arrive.

• While those at extra risk and the clinically extremely vulnerable’ are advised of the risks of attending public worship, the decision to do so is theirs alone.

• Wearing of face-coverings is voluntary. At present there is no government requirement to wear face coverings in places where social distancing can be complied with. However, people may wish to do so, and this is a personal decision.

• Please make use of the hand washing and sanitiser stations throughout the building.

• Singing, chanting and playing of brass or woodwind instruments are not recommended, and so we will not be singing or having live music at present.

• Do bring along a water bottle if you would like to have access to water during the service (the kitchen will not be accessible and we are unable to serve refreshments after the service).

We recognise that this list sounds very harsh and regimented but our aim is to worship God while keeping us all safe as we begin to explore our emergence from lockdown. The above guidance is based on that from the Government and Church of England and will no doubt change as time goes by.

Thank you for your understanding as we negotiate our way through this together.