Our churches are back open for worship! Starting on Wednesday September 9th, our in-church services will take place in All Saints and will warmly welcome worshippers from both parishes. However, in order to meet Covid-secure guidelines, places must be booked in advance.
The services will be as follows:
10am Eucharist on Sunday Mornings
11am Holy Communion on Wednesday Mornings
You will be able to book a space at the service you wish to attend via a link:
Wednesday 16th September - 11am
Sunday 20th September - 10am
Wednesday 23rd September - 11am
Sunday 27th September - 10am
Wednesday 30th September - 11am
For those without access to the internet, please call the Parish
Office (020 8660 3251) who will be happy to take your booking.
These will be in addition to our weekly Sunday morning service held via Zoom, and our daily Monday to Friday Morning and Night Prayer, and The Lord’s Prayer at 1pm, held via Facebook.
You will notice some significant differences to how and what we do, in order to assure social distancing:
Mask wearing will be mandatory, unless exempt, and there will be plenty of hand sanitisers available. There will be music (but no singing) and everything will be relayed via PowerPoint and a screen, so no issued paper service booklets. Holy Communion will be received as the wafer (the Host) alone and there will be no after-service refreshments.
The plan is to move our worship to St Barnabas for the month of October, with the same guidelines for attendance.
Churchwardens have undertaken a thorough risk assessment of each building and numbers will be limited according to the space available, ensuring a safe space to worship together. But please be assured that there is no rush to return to the church buildings if you feel uneasy or uncertain. We are planning on taking small steps into this new way of worshipping God, with patience and trust in him to lead us forwards into the future.
During Lockdown it seems that there have been opportunities for many of us to open out and flourish in some aspects of our lives. It's been a real joy to reflect with others at Morning and Night Prayer about the places we have encountered joy and encountered God ; the ways that we have discovered we live in grace. It's also been amazing to pause with each other during the day, to learn from all the very different reflections on God's love and in ways we can share and express that, that we have been blessed with as we are led in the Lord's Prayer at 1 and 7pm. We would like to thank everyone who has committed so much time, energy and enthusiasm into our daily and weekly worship. Thank you so much for everything you have shared with us.
Here at All Saints, The Hayes and St Barnabas we are trying to serve God and in a variety of different ways during this lockdown, by keeping in touch with people, by supporting our local Food Hub and our local schools, by working with our local GPs and by worshipping and praying together. You can find details of our online worship in our worship from home page. Our supporting our spiritual life page gives some ideas for different ways to help us get through the shutdown. If there is anything we can do to support you at this difficult time, please do get in touch.
Everything has changed around about us, but one thing we believe to be true is that God continues to surround and uphold us in this difficult time.
Practical support for people isolating at home here
Please contact our Priest-in-Charge Justine Middlemiss by email or call the Parish Office on 020 8660 3251 if we can offer support or prayer in any way.