27th August 2020

Dear Friends

WE ARE RE-OPENING

We are now very close to completing our plans to re-open St Philip’s for public worship on Sunday September 6th.   However, when we follow all
the government and National Church guidelines, we can only accommodate 55 people safely and legally in the church. I met with the standing
committee last week to discuss this dilemma, and how we can best move forward. After careful consideration we have decided to open the church
for worship on September 6th by invitation only.

We would ask you therefore, if you wish to book a place at the Service on Sunday 6th September, to contact Pat Martin on  0151 922 4941
 by Wednesday 2nd September at the latest to let her know that you would like to come. The first 55 people  to call Pat will receive an invitation
 to attend on Sunday 6th. If you are not in the initial invitees to the service on the 6th, you  will be first on the list to be invited on the 13th. This is
 how we will have to operate until the 2m distancing regulation is removed.  We are reasonably sure that we can accommodate most people who
 would like to attend but it is essential that we know how many  intend to come along so that we do not have to turn people away on the day if
 numbers exceed 55. We would also ask that, if you  receive an invitation and then find that you are not able to attend, that you let Pat know so
 that someone else may.

In view of government regulations all people entering St Philip’s must wear a face covering unless there is a legitimate reason not to, and the
 reason must be agreed before entering the building.  A list of exemptions is available at the back of Church.

If you are over 70 years of age and/or are vulnerable in terms of your health, we strongly recommend that you  attend the Wednesday
10am Service of Holy Communion
starting on Wednesday 9th September at St Philip’s Church,  again pre-registering with Church Warden
Pat Martin on 0151 922 4941.

Currently we are not allowed to sing during any Worship Service in church. Worship songs will be played but not sung.
A one-way system will be in operation in the building and we would ask that you follow any requests made by Church Wardens or Sidespersons
who will allocate a seat to you. We will need to fill up from the front so that others will not have to walk past you within 2 metres.
We will be entering the building by the Tower Entrance and leaving by the Door near the Kitchen. We will all be required to hand sanitise
when entering and leaving the church. We also ask that you maintain social distancing of 2 metres at all times, including whilst waiting to enter church. 

Sadly, for the moment, we have taken the hard decision to cancel our 4.00pm Service until further notice.

If there is any change in the overall situation and/or if we receive additional advice from the Government/Diocese, we will let you know.

Please do not feel any pressure to attend if you are now feeling more exposed and vulnerable due to recent spikes.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Stay safe, God bless

Alan

Rev Alan Finch (and the PCC Standing Committee)

Rev Alan Finch, St Philip’s, Litherland
0151 928 3919        07801 836498