Message from Steve our rector 18th July 2021
The Church of England has published guidelines for the gradual opening up of our church buildings as the Government removes the final set of legal restrictions this coming week. The guidance is very clear that the responsibility of the management of risk rests solely with the incumbent, not the diocese, not the PCC and certainly not the government.
I want to assure you that my first priority will always be to protect the safety of every soul in our parish. In the same way that we all pray each day for those who are sick in body, mind or spirit, I will do our utmost to safeguard the same.
As a community in Christ we now need to move forward without set legal restrictions and I have to decide how best to manage the risk to ourselves and others. No two churches will be the same for a while to come yet, so please be mindful that careful assessments have taken place to ensure the best possible safety of everyone so that no one feels excluded from attending a service.
Any place where multiple people can gather is still going to be an area of risk.
The virus isn’t going away, and even those who have accessed both doses of the vaccine may still be at risk from contracting or spreading any variant of Covid-19. Those still waiting for a second dose, or who – for whatever reason – have not been vaccinated (and we are here to love not judge) are at greater risk. God calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves, to protect the widow and the orphan, and to love one another as God loves us. No one would willingly put a loved-one at any kind of risk or in any danger.
The following cautious approach, bearing in mind the current local infection rate is well over 350 per 100000 and doubling almost weekly, to what will, and will not, change after Monday will be regularly reviewed until it comes below 50, as this is deemed to be low by the government advisors. I ask for your prayers for peace and wisdom as the country begins the slow process of attaining a degree of the normality lost over the past 18 months.
First and foremost must be the request that if you, your family have any symptoms, have been told to self isolate, or have tested positive for coronavirus you stay at home.
Hand sanitisers will remain and we ask that you continue to use them as you enter and leave the building, and of course at other times you feel necessary.
To ensure a proper understanding of any trends in the rise of cases we will still ask you provide contact details when you enter our buildings.
Whilst we recognise the law has changed, we, along with many other public arenas (such as the GP surgery, hairdressers and smaller capacity shops), will continue to ask for face coverings to be worn while you are inside and moving around within close proximity of other people. We believe that this measure is an important step in safeguarding everyone.
Singing will be permitted inside the building although to counter the increased transmission risks please continue to wear a mask whilst doing so.
We will continue to offer communion in one kind until a proper assessment of how our congregations want to proceed.
We will continue to use every other pew and follow the one way system we already have I place.
We will continue to share the peace virtually, minimising personal contact where possible.
Throughout the pandemic the majority of people have been grateful for the precautions in place, as frustrating as we know many of you have felt. Now, as together we learn to live with the virus, and we begin to look forward to the summer, and the opportunities which Harvest and Advent will offer we ask that you continue to be sensitive to the needs of those around you.
We must be personally responsible and consider the obvious and hidden risks to both ourselves and others.
Philippians 2:3 reminds us, ‘But in humility consider others as more important than yourselves’.
Yours in Christ, Steve
Message from Steve our rector 25th June 2021
Summer is almost upon us and we are looking forward very much to coming out of this very difficult period, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our page.
Due to the fantastic work of our NHS in their treatment of covid patients and the roll out of the immunisation program, we have begun to open up the church slowly and with all the relevant risk assessment and measures in place. It has been a real pleasure to begin to welcome people back into church in person.
We are for the foreseeable future going to continue to offer the following mix of services, in person and online.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday ; morning prayer 08.30 for about 15-20 minutes – on Zoom only
We are sharing communion in the building on
Wednesday Mornings at 9am (no booking necessary), and
Sunday morning at 8am (no booking necessary, and a said BCP service)
Our main Sunday 10am service is a hybrid, with some in church and the service simultaneously broadcast on Zoom and Facebook live.
Due to social distancing we are asking those who would like to come in person to book with Steve the rector on 01493 663219 to make sure we dont have too many people in the building at one time.
For all of our zoom services here are the access details
Meeting ID: 761 8519 1744
By Phone dial 0203 481 5240
We will also be opening the Church building on Wednesday 9.00 until 11.00am for private prayer.
Every Wednesday which we will aim to deliver with the weekly leaflet, a short reflection on the days passage and publish it here online…
Our Prayer Tree Network has been set up whereby one request for prayer, to Sue, will result in many members of our congregation praying into that request. Requests can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Service Page there is an outline of a simply Daily Worship service , it contains prayers and readings that you can say at home.
We would love it is you would support us in two ways, firstly by praying that we will be able to continue to share the love of Jesus in our community and secondly financially, as we receive no external funding, either in person or through our just giving page here; https://www.justgiving.com/stnicholas-bradwell or click here
We are looking forward secure in the knowledge passed to us via the prophet Jeremiah, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God bless all
Whether you have big questions, are wanting to find out more, have a young faith or a long-established faith, we’d love to meet you.
We love our great Saviour Jesus Christ, and seek to live with him at the centre of our lives as we grow as a family. We love welcoming new people, learning from God’s word, the bible and sharing the good news.
You should find most of the details that you need on the website, but should you want to find out more, please do contact Steve or check out our Facebook page
For Safeguarding Officers see Contacts page