C. 2011The Bridge - Evesham Road, Headless Cross, Redditch, Worc's, England B97 4JX
A Centre for Christian Worship & Community Life - Serving The Community Of Headless Cross & Southcrest
What to Expect in Socially Distanced Services
What will services be like as we come out of Lockdown?
We are writing with good news that Sunday Worship will be resuming at The Bridge Church on Sunday 6th Sept at 10.30am This Letter contains all the information you need, Please read it carefully. If you need any clarification please contact the clergy on the details at the end of the letter.
We realise that there will be a range of emotions surrounding the idea of coming back to church. Some will be excited and joyful, others will be apprehensive and may wait a bit longer before returning. All of these emotions are normal and understandable in the difficult times we are going through, the events of this year will have effects we haven’t yet fully realised.
Be assured that you are still being prayed for by the Church at this time.
From Sunday 6th September there will be a single service at 10.30am each Sunday. It will be in the hall, which is more conducive for cleaning arrangements. The services between September and the end of the year will all be conducted by our clergy and members of our Ministry Team.
There will be a variety of styles of worship, some of which will be services of Holy Communion (see below). The services will not be as hitherto due to the restrictions placed upon us, but they will be acts of worship that enable us to meet together, as members of God’s family.
We will continue to reassess the ever-changing guidance. We’ll be taking into account Government regulations, and Church of England and Methodist Church guidance as we plan our services over the coming months. We hope not, but we may have to react to further restrictions if they are applied. As we start meeting again we will be looking to the future and seeking God’s will for the future of The Bridge.
There are strict guidelines in place, which must be followed.
Face coverings must be worn inside the building and hand sanitiser used on entry. Face covering are compulsory unless you are exempt.
You are exempt:
• if you are aged under 11
• if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
• if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
• if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
• if you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering for that purpose.
Numbers at the services are restricted due to social distancing of the seating. If you would like to attend then you need to pre-book your seat(s).
All entry to the hall is via the front door and the building must be left via the back door to create a one-way system.
The toilets will be available, however we would encourage you not to use them if at all possible due to cleaning requirements. There will be no refreshments during or following the services.
Please remember to keep to a social distance of 2 metres at all times, both outside and inside the building. It will not be possible to wander around the hall for a natter. If you wish to chat with anyone please do so outside the building after the service – keeping a social distance.
Children are always welcome at The Bridge Church, please note at present we are unable to provide any activities or toys for them and they must remain seated in their allocated seat.
The hall door will be open from 10.15am and on arrival the steward or warden will accompany you to your allocated seat.
Under current regulations singing is not permitted. There may be some recorded music, and all of the service will be projected on the screen. It is likely that services will be shorter than normal – perhaps 30 - 40 minutes.
If the service is Holy Communion then only the host / bread will be shared, which will be brought to you in a Covid-safe manner in your seat. It is currently not possible to share a chalice or thimbles.
To book your seat please call 07783 602712 between 5pm and 7pm on Tuesday or between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday preceding the Sunday service.
This number will only be answered between those hours on the days identified above, and at no other time or day during the week. Please do not leave a message, make sure that you speak to the booking organiser.
If phoning is difficult for you please use text messaging – during the same hours.
When you book please indicate how many seats are required, as family ‘bubbles’ will be seated together. You will also be asked for contact details for track and trace purposes.
Bookings can only be made one week at a time. If when you phone all seats have been allocated you will have priority booking for the following week.
We do hope that our times together will be times when we can be aware of what God has for us as individuals and as His Church.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27 v 4
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133 v 1
We will also email a weekly notice sheet if we have your email address.
If you don’t think we have up to date contact details for you, then please contact Fr Glenn who will update the database.
Our immediate future is not of our choosing, but we trust in a God who has already shown us the future redemption of creation. As the great Christian Mystic Julian of Norwich wrote. “All things will be well”.
With our continued love and prayers
Fr Glenn [email protected] 01527 894436
Rev’d Ruth 01527 541885
Mthr Victoria [email protected]