Are Packington and Normanton churches open?

 


     

Holy Rood Church, Packington                                                                                   

       We are  moving towards the re-opening  the Church buildings. We are taking this step by step and gradually at a level that we believe to be manageable so this is where we are now following the government announcement that church buildings could re-open for private prayer and funerals as from  June 15th:

  1. Private prayer: Normanton church has not been open for prayer in the past and we are not intending to change that for now. Packington Church has traditionally been left open all day every day and had a good number of visitors. We hope to open for private prayer one day a week but are currently struggling to find volunteers to enable that to happen.
  2. Funeral services: the churches will be open for funeral services now but with a limit of 20 mourners (as at the crematorium numbers have to be limited). Regulations will apply in that no singing is allowed at the present time and social distancing applies in terms of seating. However we particuarly wanted families to be able to come to church for funerals especially where the service is to be followed by a burial, and then the other option is a graveside service

   As from July 4th, church buildings may open for public worship and weddings. Attendance will be limited to 30. Again, for now, no singing is allowed and social distancing applies. We are awaiting specific advice about weddings. As regards Sunday worship, we will not be open from 4th July. Holy Rood and Holy Trinity are two of 8 churches in the Woodfield Team and it is likely that we will not hold Sunday services in each church every Sunday. This is partly due to  the fact not all of our ministers feel able yet to restart and the demand of sanitising the buildings. We aim to start holding services again in the Team as from August 2nd. I'll let you have more information as we work on what we can do and where. In the meantime do listen to our audio services and join in the twice monthly Zoom services

   Risk assessments can be found athttps://www.packingtonandnormantonchurches.org.uk/safeguarding/re-opening-of-church-buildings-risk-assessments.php

   I will add updates as and when I know more but do feel free to contact me if you have questions: woodfieldteamrector@gmail.com or 01530 270354

Revd Vivien Elphick - June  27th 2020

 

 

        Holy Trinity Church, Normanton-le-Heath