Sunday Services 1st November

Our afternoon service of Holy communion will be at Drybrook at the new regular time of 3pm. (to accommodate those who don’t like to be driving in the dark). If you are planning to come please let Rev Clare know by 6pm Saturday either by telephone (01594 726318) or email (revclareedwards@gmail.com).

All Saints day begins a new season which takes us up to the beginning of Advent. for those of you who follow the daily services on your own at home and those who join together online, there will be a new seasonal booklet of morning and evening prayer. Unlike ‘ordinary time’ which has a different service for each day of the week, there will be one service for mornings and another for evenings –  coming soon!

Sunday Service of Holy Communion

For the foreseeable future we will be continuing with a Sunday service online at 10.30am and a service in one of our Benefice churches at 4pm on a 3 week rotation, starting as follows:

11th October – Drybrook
18th October – Lydbrook
25th October – Ruardean
and so on.

Please note – face coverings must be worn.

For the 4pm service we are limited to Clergy plus a congregation of no more than 29 people.

Over the past few weeks, we have had 20 plus people joining us in Church and, due to the restrictions, we are now asking if you could kindly book in with for all 4pm services please.  This will enable us to allocate seats accordingly and to continue to ensure that everyone is kept safe. It also makes the recording of who is attending (for track and trace services -should that be necessary) much easier. Please let me Rev. Clare Edwards know by 6pm on the Saturday, including details of any other members of your household who will also be attending, either by telephone (01594 726318) or email (revclareedwards@gmail.com).

Collection. Please read the following before you come!

If people would like to make an offering, there will be a bin bag just inside the church door as you enter or leave, so that you can ‘drop’ your gift in without touching the container. If you want your collection to go to a specific church please put it in a clearly marked envelope. You can also use your regular church envelopes if you have them. We will then be leaving the collection in the bag untouched in the safe for several days.

If you regularly gift aid your donations to church and would like to Gift Aid this gift then please place it in a sealed envelope before you come with the following details written clearly on the outside.

Your name, full address including postcode, amount given, date, name of church to benefit.

If you want to Gift Aid and have not already completed a Gift Aid declaration for a church in the benefice you also need to include the following.

I want to Gift Aid my donation of £______________ and any donations I make in the future : Name of Church in benefice ____________________________________________________________

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

Many thanks for your continuing support.

Face coverings during Worship – update 7th July

In England, face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport. From 8 August, face coverings are also required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including places of worship, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.

There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings. In particular, those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. distributing consumables). This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24 July 2020. People are also encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a place of worship. We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from Coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face. These are different from surgical and other face masks that are part of PPE used in health and social care settings. We do not recommend the use of PPE in church buildings other than for specialist cleaning activities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread predominantly by droplets and perhaps aerosols from coughs, sneezes and speaking. The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of Coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.

Holy Communion – 19th July

This Sunday, our Service of Holy Communion will be at 4pm at Drybrook.

Due to the layout of the Church, we need to ensure that we can safely seat those who wish to attend, while complying with social distancing guidance.  In order to do this and arrange seating, we need to ask all who are planning to attend to please let Rev. Clare Edwards know, by email (revclareedwards@gmail.com) or telephone (01594 726318), giving your name, your phone number and the names of others coming in your household group.

Names and numbers by midday on Saturday 18th please.

 

Holy Communion – 12th July

This Sunday’s short and simple service of Holy Communion for anyone within or beyond the benefice will be held at 4pm on Sunday 12th July at St John the Baptist Church, Ruardean.  Social distancing will be observed, adaptations made to the service to ensure we are all safe and a list of those attending and their contact details kept.

Many are still shielding or isolating or just not ready to be out and about yet, so please be aware that this service is there for those who want to receive communion, but there is definitely no sense of people being expected to be there.

We will also be having our now regular Sunday morning service of Spiritual Communion online via facebook on the Brookdean Benefice page at 10.30am, which can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Holy Communion – 5th July

From Saturday 4th. July it is permissible for churches to hold services in their buildings, providing the correct and safe procedures are followed.

We will have a short and simple service of Holy Communion for anyone within or beyond the benefice who would like to come on at 4pm on Sunday 5th July at Holy Jesus Church, Lydbrook. Social distancing will be observed, adaptations made to the service to ensure we are all safe and a list of those attending and their contact details kept.

Many are still shielding or isolating or just not ready to be out and about yet, so please be aware that this service is there for those who want to receive communion, but there is definitely no sense of people being expected to be there.

We will also be having our now regular Sunday morning service of Spiritual Communion online via facebook on the Brookdean Benefice page at 10.30am, which can be accessed by clicking HERE.