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Over the last few weeks, our Children’s Church have been exploring the life of Jesus together. In our final Sunday before the summer break, at the 10:30 service, we’re going to look together at what they have been doing.
Whether this will be the first time you have explored who Jesus is, or the 101st time, I hope you’ll be able to join us either in person, or online, as we look together at who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.
You would be very welcome to join us at our 10:30am service this Sunday. We are now able to have social contact indoors under the rule of 6 (or two households) inside (and up to 30 outdoors).
There will be a service of Holy Communion at 8:30am in St Thomas, Northaw, this Sunday.
The 10:30am Sunday morning service will be taking place simultaneously online and in-person at St Andrew. Streaming for the 10:30am service will start at 10:25am, and can be accessed directly via Facebook or YouTube, found on our website, and is advertised on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
If you encounter problems with viewing the service via Facebook (or YouTube) please follow the link for YouTube (or Facebook) instead.
There is no longer any need to register in advance to attend the service on Sunday.
There are no separate activities for our children this Sunday, and all are welcome to be part of the service in the body of the church.
Move to Step 4
On July 19th, England moved into step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown. This removed all restrictions on the sizes of gatherings and social distancing, as well as on restrictions for what we are able to do in places of worship. As a result, we will be easing some of the restrictions we have had in place, and carefully looking to how we continue to do so. As we do, please be considerate to those around us who may want to move more slowly, or more quickly, back to ‘normal’. The PCC and the Vicar will be monitoring our arrangements.
There is no longer any requirement to sit in household groups or bubbles, and so you are welcome to sit in larger groups. Please be considerate that there might those who want to maintain some social distancing. The chairs at the back of St Andrew’s will be arranged ‘socially distanced’ for the time being.
Face coverings are no longer mandatory in our buildings. You may choose to wear one if you would like for some, or all, of your time. You may, for example, wish to wear a covering while moving around the building or singing.
We will be singing again from this Sunday (25th July), however there is no requirement for anyone to sing, if they would rather not.
At the 10:30 service, the arrangements for the distribution of Holy Communion will remain the same until towards the end of August. More details about any changes will be announced then.
The audio from the 10:30 service will be available (01707 927907) later in the afternoon, once it has been processed. As well as the ‘dial-in’ service, audio recordings of all services are also available through SoundCloud.
Church Family Fellowship
Joyce Bruce’s Memorial
Joyce Bruce’s memorial service, and burial, is at 2:30pm on Sunday 25th July in St Andrew’s. There will be refreshments available afterwards.
8th August: Songs of Praise
At the 10:30am service on 8th August, we’re going to have a Songs of Praise service where we can enjoy singing a few hymns and songs together. If you’d like to pick a song or hymn to sing, please let me know by Sunday 25th July (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07446 516945) - if you’d be willing to say a few words about why you’ve chosen, that would be very welcome.
The PCC met on the 19th July. A brief summary of the meeting is available online.
Wednesday Prayer @ 10am
Do please join us on Wednesday mornings, via Zoom, for a short service of Morning Prayer: https://zoom.us/j/93894170814.
Praying during the week
Please can I encourage you, when possible, to stop at noon and spend a few minutes praying; we’ll email out possible areas for prayer each week. If you would like to make any suggestions, please email email@example.com.
The PCC appoint four of the governors for Northaw school, in addition to the vicar; there are currently two PCC vacancies. If you would be interested in serving both the church and school in this way, please contact the vicar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to join us live
The website has the information on how to join our live services and virtual coffee. Do feel free to share the links to our services with friends and relatives; everyone is very welcome to join us, no matter where they are in the world.