Opening our church for services of public worship

We are pleased to advise that the revised restrictions announced by the Government yesterday will not affect our plans for a return to public worship in church during September. However, numbers allowed at our services will still be limited by the need to socially distance, so a first-come first-served booking system for all Holy Communion services must continue. On this basis, we warmly welcome anyone who wishes to attend.  Read on for further details on how to book.

We are also making good progress with live streaming our worship via our YouTube channel: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside. You may have seen our first live-streamed service with a small congregation, which was broadcast last Sunday evening 6th September. Please bear with us as we work to improve the sound and other settings following this initial trial. The good news is that live streaming will allow us to worship as one congregation – online and in church – in ‘real time’.

Details of upcoming services are as follows:

Sunday 10am Main Services                                                                                          As advised in our last email, the first live-streamed Sunday Morning Holy Communion service with a congregation is this Sunday 13th September. If you wish to attend in person but have not yet requested a place, please contact the Parish Administrator on m: 07533 652695 or e: office@stpaulsparkside.org.uk immediately, and not later than 2.00 pm on Friday 11th September. We have a cap of 20 people and there are only a few places left.

To attend all subsequent Sunday 10.00 am main services, please book with the Parish Administrator by 12.00 noon on the Friday preceding the service. Please note the following requirements regarding attendance at services:

– Masks must be worn in church at all times.
– Social distancing is to be strictly observed                                                                      – 2 metre rule applies for everyone outside your household or social bubble.
– No congregational singing is permitted.                                                                          – You are asked to bring your own bread for Holy Communion.
– Please arrive 15 mins before the service so that places can be allocated.

All main services will henceforth also be live-streamed at 10.00 am each Sunday on our YouTube channel: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside. Unfortunately, for technical reasons it will not be possible to superimpose the words for the hymns or the music details on the video. Each week an easily printed A4 sheet with all the words to the hymns will be available on our website – www.stpaulsparkside.org.uk – under the ‘Worship’ tab on the top navigation bar. Details of the music will be on the Pewsheet (on the website under ‘What’s New/Pew Sheets’ on the navigation bar).

If you would prefer to borrow a hymn book for home use instead, please either call in to collect one when the church is open (see revised times below) and fill in the borrowing record; or let the Parish Administrator know you would like one delivered. We will try to get one to you as soon as we can.

Coffee in the lounge via Zoom after the Sunday service will continue as before at 11.30 am. To join the Zoom Meeting – click on the link here:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86302819161?pwd=VzFPQk1QYjE3TEMrQ3Q4UEpCeXppQT0
Meeting ID: 863 0281 9161     Password: Coffee

Sunday 6 pm Evening Prayer                                                                                    There will be no booking system for Evening Prayer, but you will need to provide contact details on arrival for track and trace. The service will be live-streamed and will take place in the chancel with the congregation socially distanced in the choir stalls.

Church Opening Times                                                                                          Please note that the church will no longer be open on Sunday afternoons as Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra will be using the church and Community Centre for practise. However, we will continue to be open for private prayer from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Margaret Brown

Churchwarden