We are now holding live church services, with a service in each parish church on most Sundays.
Following the Government’s announcement on 19 July, the Church of England has issued a response, including this statement: “The prospect of the lifting of legal restrictions will be both a relief and a cause of anxiety and we are aware that there is likely still to be significant guidance in place. We have already been considering our current guidance to churches and are awaiting updated Government guidance for places of worship.”
At a local level Rev David will be consulting with Churchwardens and the Ministry Team to determine a way forward that can be put to the Church Councils. To allow time to absorb advice and plan accordingly, we do not expect to be changing our practice until Sunday 1st August at the earliest.
Consideration of the future of video services will form part of our overall plans for worship in future.
You can find details of both the planned live and recorded services on the Benefice Services page.
All previous Virtual Vicar services will remain available – when we started recording them last Easter we certainly didn’t envisage we would still be recording over a year later!
Latest available service on the Virtual Vicar:
The common shared vision of the Benefice is
“Growing as beacons of Christ’s light in our communities”
and this supported by a set of values across all three churches:
Welcome Prayer Community Worship Friendship Christ centred
It is recognised and understood that each of the three Churches have their own specific opportunities and challenges but by working together and offering an appropriate range of worship options, the Benefice is able to deliver its vision and values and meet the needs of its congregations.
If you wish to learn more about our Benefice and the range of service options we have to offer please use one of the links on the right-hand side.