Restart of services in St Luke’s church (updated 17 April 2021)
Limited services of communal worship in St Luke’s church resumed on Palm Sunday, 28th March 2021.
A restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) is now held in church at 9.00am on Sundays and at 10.30am on Wednesdays (subject to social distancing, wearing of face coverings and other COVID-19 restrictions – see below).
A list of all St Luke’s Easter and other services in April can be found here. This includes St Luke’s regular services on Zoom which continue as at present.
Our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, recorded a short video to accompany this welcome development in our Church life.
The resumption of services followed careful reconsideration by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) at its 8th March meeting of the current safety position for worship within St Luke’s church. This took account of the overall pandemic situation, locally and nationally, and the prevailing Government restrictions and Church of England guidance – for full details see here. St Luke’s regular services on Zoom are continuing as before.
The PCC will keep the situation under careful review and will publish any further changes in service arrangements on the website and church noticeboard
In summary, from Palm Sunday, 28th March:
- Limited services of Holy Communion are held on Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays at 10.30am: the services will be on a restricted basis – only consecrated bread will be received.
- The church will remain open after the services on Sunday and Wednesday mornings until around midday for individual private prayer.
- Our regular Sunday 10.30am morning service using Zoom* continues for parishioners with internet access.
- Our short Zoom*services of Morning Prayer on Monday to Wednesday mornings (9am), and Prayer Meeting on Thursday morning (9.30am) also continue.
- Funeral services continue to be limited to a maximum of 30 mourners
- From April 12th, up to 15 people may now attend at weddings.
- Everyone entering the church for any purpose must still observe the current COVID-19 restrictions on the notices in church, including wearing a face covering, hand sanitisation, 2-metre social distancing and compliance with track-and-trace recording.
*Note: joining details for our Zoom sessions have been circulated to those on our email list. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.