Update: Wednesday 21 July 2021
With almost all legislation having been removed by the Government in Step 4 on 19 July 2021, it is now for individuals to act responsibly instead of government rules or laws. However, with the increasing prevalence of Coronavirus cases, we must be cautious and aware of the heightened anxiety of individuals in our congregations.
Our Church Council (PCC) met last week and discussed updating our Coronavirus guidance. PCC agreed that for the time being we should continue to stay as we have been for the last few months. The following was agreed:
- We request that you sign-in or scan the Track & Trace QR code – although we cannot insist on it.
- We ask you to wear a face covering whilst standing or moving about the building. However, it is acceptable to remove a face covering whilst sitting during the service. Again, we cannot insist you wear a face covering.
- Use hand sanitizer wherever, and whenever, possible.
- Use the church entrances and exits as directed and as they have been since re-opening.
- Leave the building promptly at the end of the service and talk to each other outside. At present, we do not feel that it is safe to serve tea and coffee after the service, but this will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
- We ask that you still wave to each other to Share the Peace rather than with a physical hug or handshake.
- Only the priest will drink from the chalice on behalf of us all. Drinking from a shared cup still carries a high risk of cross contamination. Therefore, we will continue to receive Communion in ‘one kind’ – the wafer of bread only as previously requested by Bishop Paul.
- One thing we all want to do is sing! So being cautious, we have decided to sing only one hymn for the time being. The hymn will be sung before the gospel reading. However, for your protection and those around you please wear your face covering whilst singing.
In summary, although we are now limited in what we can enforce by law, we will continue with all previous measures on a voluntary basis except for the addition of singing one hymn whilst wearing a face covering.
With the increasing numbers of infections, we should be careful. Bishop Paul’s watchwords are local decisions for local situations within the law, and safety and assurance first.
As the situation improves, we can relax or remove some or all the above restrictions. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Update: Tuesday 5 January 2021
Suspension of Public Worship Services
Unfortunately, because of the new January 2021 Coronavirus lockdown measures the Bishop of Liverpool has requested the immediate suspension to Sunday Services until further notice.
Update: Thursday 3 December 2020
From Sunday 6 December our 10.30am service will recommence. Strict Covid mitigation remains in place requiring face covering, signing in for Track and Trace purposes, the use of hand sanitiser, and 2m social distancing at all times except where you are part of the same ‘bubble’.
Update: Thursday 5 November 2020
Due to the second period of national lockdown, no public services will take place until after 2 December 2020.
We are still allowed to hold funerals in church and the usual means of contacting us are still available.
We hope that our services will resume from Sunday 6 December 2020.
Sunday Church Services -10.30am
We are now open again for Sunday services at 10.30am every Sunday.
Entrance will be through the Rocky Lane entrance, where hand sanitiser is available.
We ask everyone over 12 years old to wear masks and to sit apart from those not in your household.
Please pick up a service sheet when you come into the church and take it home with you at the end of the service.
Your Collection offerings will be collected via a lined bucket.
Exit will be through the hall into the car park.
We look forward to welcoming you back in church.
Other Service times
Unfortunately, we cannot yet open for an 8am service or the 7.30pm service on Wednesdays.
Sunday Club hopes to start meeting again from Sunday 6 December 2020.
Arrangement of Occasional Services
If you wish to arrange Weddings, Bans of Marriage, Baptisms, or Funerals, please leave a message on the church answer phone. The number is 0151 722 4549.
We are unable to operate the Friday Café at the present time.
As for many people and organisations, the last six months have been a very difficult period for our Church finances. We have been without the normal Sunday collections, Hall rental income, and unable to organise any fundraising events.
Our income has been a fraction of normal whilst our expenditure has remained almost the same as normal. Not least the payment of our Parish Share to the Diocese of Liverpool; that alone amounts to £1,126 per week!
We pray that you will review your giving for the work of St David in the Parish of Childwall. We have a lot of work to make our finances sound again.
The church of St David Childwall is at present in Interregnum. This is church speak for the time between one Vicar leaving and a new Vicar appointed. Once we have more news we will published it.