Published by Valerie Root on Sun, 5 Jul 2020 12:29

A Service of Thanksgiving and Reflection - 5th July 2020 - Online and In Church

A warm welcome to our Service this morning, no matter where you are, who you are, or how your feel today.  It’s wonderful to have you joining us either online or in church this morning.  

This Sunday also happens to be the anniversary of the foundation of the NHS so our worship will be a Service of Thanksgiving and Reflection - celebrating all that our wonderful key workers and volunteers have done for us over the past few months, as well as, reflecting on all that we have been through as a community during this pandemic.

Service online

You can watch on Facebook by using this link(you do not have to be a member of Facebook to watch).  You may like to download a copy of the Sunday Service Sheet.

Service in the Church

Following the latest guidance from the government and Church of England we will be holding our first Sunday service in the church building for nearly four months.

We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes this week to make sure that the church will be a safe space for everyone who would like to come along (particular thanks should go to Keith Brooker who has been working very hard on this). As well as conducting an internal risk assessment, for extra piece of mind, we have also had a second external risk assessment conducted from Red Cat Partnership Health and Safety Consultants (who also conducted the risk assessment for Norwich Cathedral). The recommendations for both assessments will be carried out fully.

As a result, things will obviously look a little different to usual so we thought we would share with you some of key changes and information you might like to know before coming to church:

- Please wash your hands before visiting the church, and then again on returning home. Hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes will be available in the church.

- Two-meter social distancing will be observed at all times.

- Please do think about arriving a little earlier than usual to give us extra time to seat everybody safely.

- Aylsham Parish Church is a very large building which can seat over one hundred people at two meters apart (household and bubble groups can sit together). As such, we should be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend our services there is no need to pre-book.

- There will be no congregational singing at present but we will be using other music in a variety of creative ways to enrich our worship.

- Please do wear face coverings if you wish but this is voluntary.

- Service sheets have all been laid out over 72 hours in advance to avoid any possibility of paper transmission.

- The toilet will be open with extra cleaning in place.

- Extra-stewards will be present at our services to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

- Suitable and safe activities for children and young people will be available each week.

For those of you who are interested in the detail please see the links below for more detailed advice from our Churchwarden Keith Brooker, as well as, our Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Policy/Procedures from the Red Cat Partnership. 

As I hope is abundantly clear we are putting your safety first in all we do.

If you have any other questions, or would like to talk about anything at all, please do get in touch.

More detail for those who are interested

Aylsham Parish Church Covid Risk Assessment

Covid Health and Safety policy

Aylsham Parish Church Sunday Church Advice

Aylsham Parish Church Safe Sunday Services

Celebration of the Birthday of the NHS
Posted by Aylsham Parish Church on Sunday, July 5, 2020

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