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. There can be no singing in our worship, and the music will be limited to the organ playing, quietly, at certain points. The ceremonial will be curtailed and simplified. We will receive communion, in its spiritual fullness, in one kind only. Absent from our worship will be the chalice; kneeling for the receiving of communion; physical exchanges of the peace, a collection; choral music and the choirs.
Public worship will begin this Sunday, 5 July:
- 8.00 am Holy Communion in SS Peter and Paul
- 10.00 am Said Eucharist in SS Peter and Paul
- 10.00 am Said Eucharist in All Saints’.
There will be no evensong on Sundays for the moment.
For those who are not able or prefer not to attend, we will endeavour to continue with our streamed services until at least 1st September. The online service will be available on Facebook and YouTube at Parish of Chingford
Morning Prayer will resume in the Parish Church at 8.30 am from this Monday, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Evening Prayer will be said in the Parish Church at 5.30 pm also from Monday 6 July, Monday – Friday.
Morning Prayer will be said in All Saints’ on Wednesdays at 9.00 am, followed by Holy Communion at 10.00 am.
The Eucharist will be celebrated in the Parish Church on Thursdays at 10.00 am, from Thursday 16 July
Morning Prayer will be also led on Facebook by Mthr Marilyn every weekday at 8.30 am.
After this long absence from worshipping God in each other’s physical presence, and this long abstention from communion, we are able to return to God’s presence, together, and we are able to receive the Word of God in Scripture and the Word of God in Sacrament, together. This is a time for restrained celebration. We can begin the journey back from exile, continuing our pilgrim walk in the company of the saints and the worshippers of heaven.
Favourably answer our prayers, we beseech thee, O Lord; that whosoever of us are met together within the circuit of these temple walls, in which we celebrate the anniversary of their dedication, may please thee with full and perfect devotion both of body and soul; so that while we pay these our present vows, we may by thy help be made worthy to attain unto the reward everlasting.
Prayer for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church Building
Sarum Missal, 1526