We have moved our APCM date that was supposed to be next week to:
15 November 2020 – 10am – details to follow
As the nights will be drawing in we are going to move our 4pm Communion service to 11am – still at St Philip’s starting Sunday 18th October. This means the online worship will be live from St Philip’s at 11am – but may be a bit wobbly the first couple of weeks – please bear with us.
We will be praying for this service and for our city and nation at 10am. This is not just for vicars! Please come and join the prayer time. You might even prefer to pray and not stay for communion – that is fine. We will try a few different ways of doing things in the first few weeks, please come and see, and give feedback!
If you’re coming to the Communion Service at 4pm (St Philip’s) we hope to develop some of the themes of the morning service.
Remember that all public places are being asked to take a register or those who come in for more than a few minutes. You will also have the opportunity to check in using the NHS App that can be found here:
If you’ve not been before please come! We still have room for you! Details of what to expect are here:
For those who have used it before the Daily Hope Telephone Service has a new Chair Exercises section – something to try!?
Call 0800 804 8044
Once you’ve connected to this free call you can press the number for different options:
1 Hymns we Love – short talks about Hymns
2 Hymnline – recordings of Hymns on a loop
3 Chair Exercises – different every day
4 Daily Reflection read by Pam Rhodes
If you’re coming to the Communion Service at 4pm we hope to develop some of the themes of the morning service.
Remember that all public places are being asked to take a register or those who come in for more than a few minutes. You will also have the opportunity to check in using the new NHS App that can be found here:
This week we are studying the First Letter from John by looking at Chapter 1.
We hear passionate encouragement from John to the Church to get back to the truth – “we have seen and heard”.
Again we have been knocked back to 10.45am automatically by Youtube. Perhaps someone somewhere feels we need to have a lie in?
This week we will be praying in our breakout rooms in the after church zoom – 11.15am We have a lot to pray about. School opening. Bradford Infection Spikes. New Government Guidance. Our 4pm communion service at St Philip’s.
Please join us if you don’t usually. Zoom is not for everyone, but you may be needed not for what you get from it, but for the encouragement that you can bring to others and to the Scattered Church.
There will be no Zoom coffee as we’ll be meeting for a
Communion Service at 4pm at St Philip’s Church – Girlington.
I know many of you have questions about this so hopefully most are answered below:
We are following Government and Church of England guidance and advice. To keep all visitors, worshippers, staff and volunteers safe we have introduced many changes.
Possible Questions you may have
How can I be sure I can visit or worship safely?
All clergy, visitors and worshippers are required to wear a face covering inside the Church.
The number of visitors and worshippers allowed in the building at any one time is limited and managed.
Everyone is asked to use the hand sanitizer provided on entry/exit points and other key areas around the Church
One-way systems are in place and clearly signposted during your visit or service to help everyone maintain social distancing
One toilet is open, frequently cleaned by our team and a system is in place for managing queues if necessary.
There is guidance on hygiene, social distancing and safety around the Church as friendly reminders
People are asked not to visit if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell.
People are asked to avoid touching surfaces during their visit
Keep two metres away from other people
Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using facilities
Observe and respect the one-way systems in place
Wear a face covering inside the Church
Use the hand sanitiser dispensers.
How many people are we allowed in the Church?
There is a limit on the number of people accessing the Church at any one time – we are not taking bookings this week but may need to in future. We have 35 single chairs set out – but clearly households can and should sit together so we will need to be flexible. Please be prepared to queue outside if necessary.
Is there anything for children during this visit?
We will not be providing for children this week – but the service will be extremely short!
What about my collection envelopes?
We will take a collection – feel free to bring the ones you have at home. A collection for those who cannot come will take place shortly!
How will Communion take place?
The priest will celebrate in the usual way but the bread will be brought to you in your place to avoid movement.
Should I wear a face mask?
From 8th August 2020, in line with government guidance, face coverings must be worn in places of worship.
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to): young children under the age of 11; not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability; if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress. For detailed guidance, please see see here.
NHS Test and Trace
In line with government guidance we are required to keep an accurate temporary record of our visitors and worshippers for 21 days to assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for data if needed for contact tracing and the investigation of local outbreaks. We will not collect your personal data unless you are a visitor unknown to us. Then we will expect a name and contact number. Instead of taking a register we will be taking a photo as a record of where people sat.
Will we be singing my favourite Hymns?
No – sorry, congregational singing is still not permitted
Will there be tea and coffee after the service?
Will I be able to sit in my usual seat?
Can I move my chair to get a better angle?
Please do not move the chairs at all unless one of the volunteers permits you to.
Will the toilets be open?
We will open one toilet only for safety reasons – please be prepared to queue.
What about those worshippers who are over 70 or clinically vulnerable and those self-isolating?
We will not be checking Birth Certificates nor taking temperatures. But we do suggest that you err on the side of caution especially as Bradford has a high infection rate and schools are back this week.
If you do fall into this vulnerable category, our Wednesday phone-in service might be a more helpful way of worshiping for you.
See below for C of E and Govt Guidelines on this:
Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
By God’s grace are we willing to help to lift the people in our lives; in the networks of our family, friends and work/volunteering colleagues, OUT of the miry bog today and help them to find a better place?
This may require us to reach out to others when they are suffering, to offer to pray for and with them, re-kindling or sowing seeds of HOPE.
If you want to download a doodle sheet to use during the service it can be found here.
This week we are looking at Psalms of Faith – Psalm 27 shows up that though we might be surrounded by evil, we need not be afraid because the Lord is with us.
We can be confident in Him.
The service will be available as usual at 10.30 on Sunday here: https://youtu.be/mFjUyycy1f0
Please join us.
As usual we will have Zoom coffee at 11.30 after the service. A good time to catch up and chat. All the usual links are found here: