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Christmas Gathering Times & Changes

It seems that change is here to stay! Or at least for a while longer anyway. We just want to start by saying thank you for your flexibility and continued grace for us and each other as we navigate these unusual times.

Just a few reflections in light of the government’s latest update and the impact on us as a church family…

Carol Service – 12th December

The carol service this coming Sunday is going ahead as planned. We will be opening the doors at 3pm for a 3.30pm start and we really look forward to welcoming you and your mask then! 

As specifically noted in the guidance, a mask is not required for singing or eating and drinking. We will be offering light refreshments and we will leave it to your discretion whether you keep your mask on or off while singing the carols. Our preference would be that for times of milling prior to and after the service that you wear your mask. 

As was our previous advice, if you are joining us in the room, please can we encourage you to take a lateral flow test prior to arrival.

We will, of course, have a number of measures in place, but should you be unable to join us in the room, we will be live streaming the carol service (obviously technology dependent). 

Family Gathering – 19th December 

We are delighted that we are able to go ahead with our family gathering. However, in line with the latest guidance, and in order to best protect you, we have sadly had to make the decision to cancel the kids’ nativity, which was intended to be part of it. We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a number of people (our children and ourselves included!). The service will be slightly more front led by the kids team than originally planned, but should still be highly accessible to the whole church family.

Further Dates

  • Our Kids Gathering on Saturday 11th December, will be going ahead as previously planned with the addition of masks for adults.
  • We will be taking a break from our usual Sunday gatherings on 26th December and 2nd January. We will be back on 9th January.
  • For those that would like to/are are able to, there will be walk on Sunday 2nd January. More details here.

So, three main things to remember…

  1. The next two Sunday gatherings are happening.
  2. Bring your mask.
  3. God is on His throne!

With love, 

Paul & Steph

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