CORONAVIRUS - LOCKDOWN 3 - UPDATE ...
Following guidance issued, we have made the decision to SUSPEND all Public Worship for the duration, so please keep an eye on this website for any updates to this situation.
Meanwhile, the Church building will still be OPEN on SUNDAY MORNINGS at 10.30am for PRIVATE PRAYER, so do feel free to come along for some quiet time. As always, full "Covid" regulations must be adhered to: you must remain socially distanced, wear a mask throughout, and make full use of the hand-sanitizing offered.
[Update issued 8/1/21]
St. MARK'S … is open
and you are very ... WELCOME!
We have opened for Restricted Public Worship, and - following our
re-organisation of the side aisles - are now able to welcome an
increased number of 37 "persons" into our Church
(a "person" is either a single individual, or a couple/family 'bubble' who are permitted to sit together and are counted as 'one person')
Social-distancing and Hand-sanitising procedures are operating throughout the building.
Following a change in Government policy, the mandatory wearing of FACE MASKS is now required at all times within the building, unless you have a valid/medical reason for not doing so
We are offering ONE ABRIDGED EUCHARIST per week
SUNDAYS at 10.30am
so do join us if you can …
BUT, please note that those of 70+ years or who are 'vulnerable' are advised to exercise discretion regarding attending; those who are currently "shielding" are not allowed by law to enter the building
On occasions, the Eucharist will be replaced by a 'Service of the Word',
but the time remains as always, 10.30am
During our Interregnum, we look forward to welcoming all who have offered to lead worship for us - click HERE for the details of our Worship Programme for Winter/Spring 2021.
You will see that we are also looking for volunteers from our Church community who would like to Read the Lesson, and/or Lead Intercessions. If you are interested, please speak with Deglan & His Team.
FUNERALS, WEDDINGS & BAPTISMS
As the 'lockdown' situation evolves, the regulations now allow for certain additional acts of worship to take place within churches, all subject to restrictions and regulation, and dependant upon the conditions within the building.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL ACTS OF WORSHIP REQUIRE THE MANDATORY WEARING OF FACE-COVERINGS AT ALL TIMES WITHIN THE BUILDING UNLESS YOU HAVE A VALID/MEDICAL REASON FOR NOT DOING SO.
At this point in time, here at St. Mark's we are now able to offer FUNERALS within the Church, so if you are looking to organise such, please contact the Church for the latest update concerning the limitations on numbers attending and the style of service available.
We are now looking at taking provisional enquiries for WEDDINGS in 2021. If you are considering organising a Wedding, please be sure to speak with us before you attempt to book a venue as we will have very limited availability.
At this stage, BAPTISMS are not currently available here at St. Mark's - but keep an eye on this website for updates.
Our monthly cycle of Prayer for the whole parish is, once again, available via the 'Prayer & Scripture' button in the menu-bar, and we hope it will continue to help you in these challenging times.
Our friends at St. Peter's have recorded some worship resources which you can access on their YouTube Channel. There is a large range of items, including talks, prayers and worship itself. They also have some material for children: PJ Church (for Juniors & Infants) and Youth Online (for teenagers). There is a lot to choose from, so do take a look!