Update 6th January 2021
Update 29th November
Sunday 1st November – update on what to expect
Sunday 11th October – Notice from Becky
Saturday 26th September – Notice from Becky
Sunday 11th August – Update from Becky
Church Services in the building
As from Sunday 1st November the church building will be opening for services.
The plan is to offer a morning all-age worship at 10:30am and in the evening at 6:30pm to have contemplative worship, where we will have a more extended time of resting and waiting on God.
To book a place, please call the office on 01926 778505 or email email@example.com
The deadline for making a booking will be 10am on the Friday before the following Sunday. You also have the option of booking in advance if you know a date you wish to attend in future weeks.
If all places are taken when I receive your booking, I will let you know and we can discuss what is available for another week .
If you are booking a place and you don’t have the NHS Covid 19 app, please can you request a consent form from me when booking. This gives your consent for your details to be taken for Test & Trace.If you have the NHS Covid 19 app you can automatically check in using the QR Codes displayed in the church and you won’t need to complete the Test & Trace Consent Form.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 01926 778505.
November Lock down
Even though we are limited with our opening at the moment, we are still very much here for you.If you need any support, guidance, prayer – or if you just need a chat – we’re at the end of the phone on 01926 778505.We are still able to run some support groups, so please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01926 778505 if interested.Our Foodbank session will continue to run as usual each Wednesday 1pm – 3pm.Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back when restrictions allow.
Please see updated info under “Church Services in the Building”
Some of our mid-week gatherings are not meeting. This includes TLC+, Community Café, Outlook, The Gathering and Football…
The Church Centre
The Church Centre office is open. Do use the church phone/email 01926 778505 and email@example.com
Foodbank are making changes to how they distribute food (e.g. from the door of the church during a session). St. Mary’s Foodbank is open on Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm.
Please do let us know if you aren’t well or consider yourself at particular risk due to underlying health concerns.
Whilst not meeting physically, small groups will continue to pastorally care for one another. Many already use What’s App and we’ll all become experts in online tools like Skype/Zoom for video conferencing!
Groups will be taking care of those they’re in contact with and we all need to be looking out for those we are personally close to.
We will organise a pastoral team to help those not linked to small groups.
A word of caution about online safety, not everyone would want things live streamed or available online forever e.g. in a youtube clip so please be considerate. Consider carefully what you share/say online. There may be good reasons why things aren’t ‘shareable’ in social media/online and we will all just assume that’s fair enough for the sake of one another.
These are unsettling times, not least because things keep changing but we are a loving community with much to offer because of Jesus and he is our Prince of Peace. Look out for worship on our website and Facebook.
Becky Jones (Vicar, St Mary’s Leamington Spa)
Information dated Sat 14th March
We will be asking everyone to wash their hands when we arrive at church. Refreshments will not be served. We will be looking into ways to safely support people in our community, talking with other local organisations as well.
Letter dated Sat 14th March 2020
I’ll try to keep emails about the Coronavirus to a minimum, so please keep an eye on trusted websites and media, but I thought this new information would be particularly useful since it’s about self isolation, and how to look after ourselves (including our mental health). If you have new onset of fever or a continuous cough please stay at home for seven days and self isolate. If you feel too unwell to manage your symptoms call 111 but otherwise you don’t have to call them. Do not go to GP pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you are struggling. You can return to normal life assuming your temperature has gone after seven days and you are feeling better. The cough may go on for several weeks afterwards. Also here’s a couple of useful articles: If you needed to self isolate here’s advice about how:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/ And here’s advice about looking after our mental health during this time:https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Becky Jones (Vicar of St Mary’s Leamington)
Letter dated Thurs 12th March 2020
I am writing to update you on the preventative measures the church is putting in place with regards to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) so that you are aware of the advice from the Bishops of the Church of England, this information is regularly updated at the following link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
It is best to keep an eye on this link if you wish to be up to date because advice keeps changing and it will explain everything there, including the government public health guidelines as well.
For some clarification at present:
1) We will not be serving the chalice of wine during communion and will be receiving in one kind only (i.e. the bread/wafer).
2) We are not making physical contact during the sharing of the peace. Our PCC has decided to suspend sharing the peace to avoid any confusion at that point in the service.
3) We won’t be making physical contact during any blessings or laying on of hands during prayer
4) Those serving the bread will wash their hands and use antibacterial gel before and after serving communion
5) It is best for everyone to follow the good hygiene practices which include:
· carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
· washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.
· Catch it – sneeze into a tissue
· Bin it – bin the tissue
· Kill it – wash your hands with soap and water
· Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands
· Follow the good hand washing and gel use technique from the NHS website.
Best hygiene practice will be observed in all pastoral contacts. Please call the church office, as usual, if you know of anyone who’s unwell and might need support.
In the event that a member of our congregation self isolates with the coronavirus, we will phone for pastoral support but not physically visit. If the person is vulnerable and lives alone we will of course be taking advice on the actions needed for their care. Advice about infection control will be taken from staff in care homes and hospitals before any visiting.
Let’s be continuing to pray, I liked the suggestion recently from New Wine that we could sing the song ‘I raise a Hallelujah’ prayerfully while hand washing (much like the idea of singing happy birthday twice) to help with washing them for long enough and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds).
There’s advice for those who have travelled on the internet link above – please read through to remember what to do if you travel.
Primarily let’s do plenty of hand washing, wisely carry and use tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, and remember hand washing before and after activities. Also be cleaning surfaces that regularly are touched. If you’re not well call NHS 111 and stay home if you develop symptoms.
Let’s seek God for his peace and healing through prayer, and be supporting one another about our concerns as we keep good hygiene practices, as you’d hope we would be anyway.
Vicar of St Mary’s Leamington
Starts again on Sunday 6th October 19
At: The Well Christian Healing Centre
20 Augusta Place
Worship, Testimony, Prayer
1st Sunday of each month. Doors open at 7pm