27th August 2020
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Rev Alan Finch (and the PCC Standing Committee)
Rev Alan Finch, St Philip’s, Litherland
0151 928 3919 07801 836498