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Sunday 19th September Trinity 16 10am Holy Communion

AN IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CHANGES TO SERVICES
FOLLOWING THE MOVE TO STEP 4 ON JULY 19th

Dear All,

Having read both the Government advice and the C of E briefing document applying that advice, I’d like to make the following changes to our Sunday morning service. The first thing to note is that the Government and the C of E expect and recommend the continued use of masks, social distancing and good hand hygiene in church buildings. They also recommend ‘zoning’ within the building to allow people to feel as safe as possible if they are concerned, for example, about the restarting of congregational singing.

I feel this list represents a measured response to, what turns out to be, a gradual lifting of restrictions.

The bungee ropes will be removed, and it will be left to common sense to maintain appropriate distancing.
Because of the advised need to continue wiping down surfaces between for example, a Saturday wedding and Sunday morning, the pew runners and kneelers will be kept in store for a little while longer.
The choir and bellringers are in discreet areas and have set their own rules around face masks and distancing as advised by their national guilds. A full choir can resume this weekend and so can bell ringing.
People who would like to remove their masks to sing should sit in the front half of church. Those who want to keep their masks on and not sing should sit towards the back. I don’t want you to feel evicted from your favourite pew rather, this ‘zoning’ (as recommended by the Government and the C of E) is designed to respect the anxiety you may feel about being close to airborne particles generated by singing.
I will continue to wear my mask as at present.
We won’t reintroduce the common chalice quite yet.
We won’t restart the offertory quite yet either.
Refreshments will be reintroduced for those who choose to have some. Over refreshments, masks can be removed.
I’ll be by the door to speak to all who prefer not to stay for refreshments or prefer to take them outdoors.

Finally, you might like to visit this NHS website for advice on getting used to the lifting of restrictions: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/coronavirus/tips-to-cope-with-anxiety-lockdown-lifting/

Best wishes,

David

Newsletter for 19th September
A reflection for 5th September by Revd. Dr. David Knight

Calendar of Services for September 2021
Sunday 19th September Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
10am Holy Communion
Wednesday 22nd September
10am Holy Communion
Sunday 26th September Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
8am Holy Communion
10am Pet's Service
Wednesday 29th September
10am Holy Communion
Calendar of Services for October 2021
Sunday 3rd October Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
10.30am Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service


To make arrangements for Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals
please contact
Revd Dr David Knight
Vicar of Fletching,
The Vicarage, Mill Lane, Fletching, TN22 3SR
07787 860 667


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HARVEST FESTIVAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Sunday 3rd October at 10.30am
This service will be held on Sunday 3rd October at 10.30 am (Please note later time). Although things have loosened up a bit since this time last year, in line with government advice, we are encouraging common sense social distancing and mask wearing in church. If you’d like to take your mask off to sing, please sit towards the front of church. If you’d like to be a bit more cautious, please sit towards the back.
Everyone is most welcome and you are invited to bring gifts of non-perishable food which will be donated after the service this year to the Family Support Network.
The collection at the service will be divided between the Prince's Countryside Fund and Farm Africa.
The church will be adorned once again with beautiful flowers by the Fletching Flower Guild, which is always quite a spectacle and will be in place for a week or so after the service. Please do come and admire them if you get a chance.

PET'S SERVICE
Sunday 26th September
A short, all-age service to say thank you for the animal companions we've been blessed with. It will be held in church so, sadly, we can't accommodate ponies this time round! You are also very welcome to come along without a pet, or with a pet that is only real to you.
David Knight

CAKE & CUPPA
We will be restarting regular Cake & Cuppa sessions in the church on the following Fridays:
10 September
8 October
12 November
10 December
All sessions will be from 2 - 4 pm and all ages are welcome. There will be free cake and tea, together with activities for children.
Emma Hannay
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