Opening dates and times

An update from Jon Harcourt:

Having carefully followed directives and suggestions for church openings over the past year, and especially leading to  the recent lockdown, I am pleased to say that St Edmunds will be re-opening this coming Sunday ( 28th February) for the 11am Mass with Fr John Oakes as Celebrant.

Our last service was on the 10th January, so it will have been 7 Sundays since we have been able to receive the Blessed Sacrament.

The social distancing, masks, hand cleansing policies will be back in place – and the church will probably be safer than supermarkets!

Our thanks go to the priests who have supported us during many good and sometimes difficult times, and we will keep you updated on the news as it happens, especially for services.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, but only if you feel confident enough and are not isolating because of a medical condition.

Be strong – be safe – be sensible.

God be with you,

Jon

LOCKDOWN UPDATE

Latest update from Jon Harcourt:

With the horrific rise of Covid infections and so many dying each day from the Virus, we have decided that following the service at St Edmunds this Sunday 10th January, the church will be closed until it is considered safe to reopen.

Our celebrant on this day will be Canon Darren Smith.

The strict rules we have had in place at St Edmunds still apply:

Masks/face coverings worn at all times; Sanitise your hands on entering/leaving church;

Into church and straight to your pew – no engagement with others;

At Communion please only leave your pew when there is space behind the black/yellow distance lines;

Back to your pew safely;

After the service please do not mingle or hang around – leave the church immediately.

Update on the latest Covid situation

A message from Jon Harcourt:

All,

Following the guidelines issued by the government and further clarification, churches are being allowed to open for communal worship.

We at St Edmunds will be open as usual this Wednesday 6th January for Celebrate the Epiphany at 12.15pm, with Fr John Oakes presiding.

Sundays as usual 11a.m,  with Fr Darren Smith this week.

HOWEVER, to do this we must follow the strict guidelines on social distancing we announced last Sunday:

Masks/face coverings worn at all times; sanitise your hands entering/leaving church;

Into church and straight to your pew – no engagement with others;

For Communion please only leave the pew when there is a space behind the black/yellow distance lines;

Back to your pew safely;

After the service please do not mingle or hang around, but leave the church immediately.

These measures are necessary, and we all must be aware that the care for ourselves and others makes these restrictions necessary, and we will review the situation at all times. 

We fully understand if you feel that for the moment you will not be able to travel on buses or join with us for our services: take care – stay safe

God be with you till we meet again.

Jon.