Open Door We are pleased to announce that those who wish to gather for services in our churches to be able to do so in a socially distanced and safe manner from this Sunday, 5th July. But, in this time of a public health crisis, our worship will be different from that we are used to. The capacity of our church buildings will be limited; we need to maintain social distancing between households as we enter, move about, and leave our churches. We require people to use hand sanitiser on entrance.
I was glad when they said to me,‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’Our feet are standingwithin your gates, O Jerusalem. The Government has published the regulations and requirements for the resumption of public worship, and late last night (Tuesday 30 June) the Church of England published the House of Bishops guidelines. The Rector and church officers are undertaking the required risk assessment for reopening SS Peter and Paul and All Saints' churches for public worship, and it may be possible that this will happen as soon as this
The government's announcement today that places of worship may resume services from 4 July is very welcome. As soon as we know the regulations and guidance for that, from both government and the national church, we will post it on the parish website. (You can see the House of Bishops Recovery Group publications for yourself here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches )In the meantime, we continue to pray for all those in Public Health and the Church, nationally and the diocese, responsible for making these difficult decisions on how to keep us safe.The people of
In today's Guardian newspaper (16 June 2020) a letter has been published from a number of distinguished conductors of choirs in Britain. They call upon the government "to show how we can restart singing together on an equal footing with opening theme parks, shopping and kicking a football around." They also call upon church leaders to "have the courage to speak out so that we can make singing together in churches work within certain guidelines. "They make the point that singing in choirs does wonderful things for the mental and economic health
During COVID-19 restrictions the worship of Chingford Parish continues. The clergy lead streamed services, published in two places: the Parish Facebook page orThe Parish YouTube channel The latest streamed service for Sundays or Feast days also available on our Worship page, here: You may find the order of service for our online Sunday services HERE.
The Churches of Chingford Parish are now open for individual private prayer The Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul is open Monday - Friday 10am-12noon All Saints' Church (Old Church) is open Saturday and Sunday 10am-12noon If you would like to be a welcomer at either church, then click HERE to see an invitation.
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