On Tuesday 23 June, the Prime Minister announced the easing of many lockdown restrictions including those for places of worship, with some meetings allowed from Sunday 5th July. We have yet to see any detail of requirements, but we are expecting - at the least - to have social distancing and cleaning requirements. In addition, we do not be able to expect to sing. Some people will still be unable to attend because of vulnerabilities or location.
At present, we do not have anywhere to meet. We are not high on the list of priorities with the school for a return to letting and, even were we able to do so, the present space would not work with social distancing so we will need to work out what other space we can realistically use. In addition, it is as yet unclear what provision we can make for children's groups.
Please bear with us as we work through the details of what a Sunday meeting might look like in this new regime. We will keep you posted as we make any plans and please do also let us know your ideas and contributions. We plan to record a short video for members and regulars to update you on likely plans.
For the moment, please do make use of the livestream. Remember to send the link to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues as an 'invitation' to join us.
Details for our summer series
19 July - 30 August 2020
Our normal services are suspended. If you missed any of our livestreams you can watch again through our YouTube channel: click on this link. Why not send the link to friends, family and neighbours - especially those who would not normally come to church or whose churches don't have a livestream?
Our summer Sundays will be more straightforward than our livestream so far. This is to give those who have been working hard preaching and leading some time off and to reflect the normal rhythm of church life. Each week either Roy or Richard will lead the service and preach. We will just sing a few songs, sometimes live, sometimes to a recorded video. The whole service will be shorter.
Watching with others
Don't forget that some people who are not shielding can now watch the service with others. Please follow the government guidelines carefully, particularly the rules about numbers of people/households and not taking people in your car.
Problems with YouTube?
Some people experience connection and synchronisation problems with YouTube. If your internet connection is strong enough, these can generally be fixed by reloading the stream.
Song words are displayed on screen only for this summer period.
Please encourage your children to sit, watch and participate with you if they can. For those slightly older teens, there is a really good blank sermon sheet here designed by an illustrator in an FIEC church in Surrey. It may encourage you to take notes.
We'd love all members and regulars to join us for our Sunday prayer meeting running from 6.00pm-7.00pm. It is always important to pray, but especially so for us to pray together at times like this. Our prayer meeting is hosted by Zoom. You can connect in three ways:
- using the zoom app
- dial in using a mobile or landline
- use a web browser
We look forward to meeting and praying with you.
We will send through the meeting details by email or WhatsApp because we want to keep this meeting private to church members and regular attenders.
What do we do?
As Christians we meet together to worship God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We sing and pray to him, read the Bible (his word) and one of the church leaders preaches a message from the Bible passage. Once a month we share the Lord's Supper (on the last Sunday of each month). We also plan informal time so that we can chat and encourage one another.
What should I expect?
We are a relatively informal church. Come wearing what you want. We use first names and sing a mix of older and newer Christian songs which are easy to pick up. A small band leads our singing each week. We try to serve good coffee and enjoy being together. There are groups for children up to Year 11 during the service. All our workers are DBS checked and we have a safeguarding policy.
Where and when?
We gather each Sunday in the Sixth Form Centre of Robert Smyth School. Follow the map below for directions. We start with coffee and pastries from 10.15am and the service itself starts at 10.45am, We aim to be finished around 12.00 noon and there's a chance to chat afterwards if you want.
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