PLANNING FOR RE-OPENING FOR COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
Worship is central to the life of our Church. Worship takes place whenever we gather to talk to the Lord, or even if we as individuals want to talk to God alone. Our worship at Euxton expresses not just our personal lives but the life of our whole Church Family.
We have usually meet for collective worship every Sunday and on occasional Wednesday evenings, but as you will know we have not been able to meet collectively since the start of the Covid pandemic. We will not be able to return to our normal ways of worshiping for an awfully long time. However, we are hoping to be able to provide some form of collective worship in church, perhaps from September.
To be able to do this effectively and remain safe from the Covid virus, we are planning for a return carefully taking account of the required social distancing and sanitizing requirements set by the government and Methodist Church.
It will be a great help if you want to return and / or bring children to the Sunday Club if you will download, complete, and return the Questionnaire provided here today!
A big thank you to everyone who returned the questionnaire.
Understandably, many said they found it difficult to complete and most said how much they are enjoying the video services. You will be pleased to know that the on-line services will continue indefinitely.
Of the 45 replies received, 22 people said they will stay with the video services and 23 said they would come to a Sunday church service in September and 15 would come to an evening mid-week service in September. In addition, there would be 10 children ready to come to Sunday Club.
On Tuesday 28th July, a church leadership team held a zoom meeting to review the response and decide on a future course of action. Many ideas and options were considered and after much discussion it was decided that a trial “all age worship” service will be arranged on a Sunday morning in September, and that a trial Holy Communion/reflection service will be held on a Wednesday evening.
Planning for these services has started and dates and details will be published in due course.
UPDATE ON PLANS TO RE-OPEN OUR CHURCH BUILDINGS
Much work is presently underway to get ready for the time we want to use our buildings for worship and to allow our regular users to re-start activities where possible.
It should be noted that, for safety reasons, whatever we do must comply with Government Covid-19 rules and the Methodist Church’s guidelines for returning to our buildings.
You will be aware that at present Nature Trail Nursery is using the Wesley Room, kitchen and car park between 8am and 6 pm on weekdays and that these areas are “off limits” for other users during these times. If anyone wishes to enter the church or church hall, they must obtain prior permission and “sign-in-and-sanitize” on arrival.
Plans are underway to hold a trial All Age Worship Service in the Hall on Sunday 20th September, and a trial Oasis/Communion service in Church on Wednesday 23rd September. Full details about these will be published in due course.
Some of our hall users have already enquired about returning to use the hall and all our licensed users have been given the following information. This process will be applied to all outside and church groups wanting to use the hall whilst the current Covid crisis continues.
This process and the rules and regulations applying to using our facilities at Euxton Methodist Church will be published on the euxtonmethodistchurch.org website and/or sent to each organisation by email.
With regards to returning to the hall, priority is being given to the use of our premises for worship and ensuring the safety of everyone using the buildings.
A significant factor in being able to allow organisations to return will be ensuring that the premises are Covid clean each letting. We will also require the provision of an acceptable risk assessment from users to show how they will safeguard their activities and ensure the hall is left Covid clean after their use.
As part of a groups risk assessment we would urge them to clean/sanitize all surfaces, handles and all areas to be used by their group before they arrive, thus safeguarding their members, and then after your meeting they are urged to do a Covid clean of those areas the group will have come into contact with.
When you feel the time is right for your organisation to return we will be pleased to discuss your plans with you, and you will be asked to provide us with a copy of your risk assessment which will then need to be approved by our Church Council and our Superintendent Minister
Due to the Covid situation and our cleaning requirements it may not be possible to let users return on the same basis as before. We may need to ask you to be flexible regarding the day or times you want , or regrettably it may not be possible to allow you to return in the short term. We will do our best to help you, but we may need to prioritise our users on a “first come” basis.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions
John Smith, Property Secretary
Peter Goodliffe, Bookings Secretary
Every Sunday –
Family Service at 10:30am
Our services are open to all, and always start with a round-up of Family News. Our young folk stay with us in Church for the first part of the service before moving to the Hall for their own Sunday Club meeting.
On the first Sunday there is Holy Communion, and some of our younger members come back into Church to take part.
On special Sundays during the year there is a Parade Service at which we are joined by the boys and girls from our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts troops. (see the Diary for details)
Services are led by a different Minister or a local Preacher each week (the names of those leading each service can be found on the Circuit Plan)
After each service – coffee, tea and refreshments are available in the Hall and you can stay back for informal Fellowship if you wish. Keep your eye on the Diary for the date of the next “Sizzle Sunday”, when bacon and sausage barms will be served in the Hall.
Details of up-coming Parade services and Wednesday Evening “Oasis” Services are shown in the Diary section.
House Group Meetings
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