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Good News, there will be a service in St Ippolyts Church this Sunday 12th July 2020!

Fab News!!!  We are in a position to open our church at St Ippolyts this Sunday. 
The service will be in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer and will begin at 9.15am but we ask that you arrive by 9am at the latest.
We will still live-stream the service on Facebook.
We can only socially distance 22 people so please do not be offended if we are full when you arrive.  A guide to what will happen if you choose to attend church is at the end of this blog
The PCC's have decided to have one service per week in the Benefice - always at 9.15am - during July and August to see if we can effectively manage the government's social distancing restrictions.  This will be reviewed at the beginning of September.  There will be two services per month at St Ippolyts and one each at the Wymondleys.  Please see the attached rota and pay close attention to where each service is being held.
St Ippolyts Church will also be open on Sundays between 12 noon and 6pm for private prayer.
EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!!!  Our annual Horse Blessing Service is GOING TO HAPPEN!!!  It will be on Sunday 16th August at 3pm.
Our Reader, Howell Davies is preaching this week so he will preach live on Sunday.
The link to our after-church cafe is as follows
Ginni Dear is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Jul 12, 2020 10:30 AM London

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Welcome Back to Church!!

Please do see this as a guide to help you understand what will happen and why when we reopen our churches for the first time after lockdown, rather than yet another list of do’s and don’ts designed to drive you mad!!

We want to welcome you so we can worship God together but we also want to keep you safe, follow the government guidelines and minimise misunderstandings.

We can safely seat and socially distance 22 people in St Ippolyts Church and St Mary’s, Little Wymondley and 12 in St Mary’s Great Wymondley.

Whilst we cannot sing hymns (as singing increases the transmission by aerosol and droplet), we can listen to music.  We can also receive Holy Communion (bread only), although please do not feel that you have to.  We can share the peace but without physical contact.

What will happen when I arrive at church?

It is very important that you arrive at church by 9am.

You will be greeted by a Steward who will ask you for your name and contact details (so we can Track and Trace any cases of Covid, details will be kept for 21 day and then destroyed).  

You will then be asked to use the hand sanitiser and shown to your pew – your service book will be on your seat and we ask that you leave it there when you leave so that we can clean it properly before it is used again.

Please remain in your pew for the entire service and wait for the steward to tell you when it is appropriate for you to leave afterwards.  This is so that we can manage social distancing effectively.

Although it’s really tempting to join in with the hymns when the music plays, please resist the urge!  Entertain yourself by watching your neighbour’s eyebrows wiggle and lips twitch as they too try not to burst out into song!!

The Vicar will bring Holy Communion to you in your pew should you wish to receive it.  She will have sanitised her hands immediately prior to doing this and will wear a glove but please do not feel you have to receive Holy Communion if you feel vulnerable.  It is YOUR decision and your right to decide what is best for you.

The entire service will be live-streamed directly to Facebook.  This is so that those who cannot come back to church at this time are able to worship with us.  The camera will be positioned by the organ and will only focus on the Sanctuary.  At no point will any of the congregation be filmed, however, please do be aware that it is also recording sound so there is a possibility that anything you say may be broadcast and we ask that you keep any conversations inside the church to a minimum.

Unfortunately, we are unable to gather inside the church to chat after the service but you are more than welcome to socially distance yourselves in the churchyard to catch up with friends. (You can bring your own coffee too if you like!)

Finally....PLEASE, PLEASE don’t be offended if we are full when you arrive.  It will break our hearts to turn you away but we absolutely have to follow the guidelines issued by the government.  We’ve worked really hard to make our churches as accessible and safe as we can and if we work together on this then hopefully we’ll see a further easing of restrictions soon.

Thank you for your support.

With much love

Revd Ginni and the PCC’S from St Ippolyts, Great Wymondley and Little Wymondley.

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