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Coronavirus - Covid 19: Updated information: 9th August 2020
Resumption of worship in our church building
Through its Places of Worship Taskforce, the government has worked with faith leaders and representatives to develop comprehensive guidance to support the safe reopening of places of worship for public worship from 4 July 2020. The House of Bishops welcomed and commended this decision at their meeting on 24 June.
Following this very welcome news, we have considered whether this is practical and possible for us here at St. Paul's. We have looked at all the actions and procedures that would have to be put in place. We have concluded that we can safely open the building for Eucharists on Sundays at 10 am and Wednesdays at 10am. Therefore, on Sunday 5 July at 10 am we will hold the first public Eucharist in the building since 22 March.
We know that you will want to consider very carefully whether you should attend public worship, in light of your own circumstances. To help you to do this, we have provided a document and a short film describing how things will be organised and the measures that will be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. You will be welcomed with joy if you decide to attend. If you decide that for the present you will not come to the services, please be reassured that live streaming and recordings will continue to be available as they are now. In addition, from 16th September, St Paul's will continue to be open for private prayer only, each Wednesday from 2 - 3pm and on Saturdays from 10 - 11am.
29.9.2020 update: the Risk Assessment has been reviewed and further updated in response to further guidance on the Rule of 6, Track and Trace/QR codes and the number limits on support groups.
9.8.2020 update: our Risk Assessment has been reviewed and updated following ithe latest government announcments to include the wearing of face coverings in places of worship from 8th August 2020.
28.8.2020 update: additional Risk Assessment and information for groups using the church building
11.9.20 update: New days & times for private prayer: starting on Wednesday 16 September, the church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays 2 – 3 pm, and Saturdays 10 – 11 am.
From the Vicar and Churchwardens
Read the latest message from the Vicar below
Re-opening our church building safely: click to read St Paul's:
Watch our short film of how you will be welcomed back to St Paul's building for public worship.
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Go to our Coronovirus updates page for recently added links, information, prayers, sermons and support. Latest update: 30.8.20
Dear friends, I hope this newsletter finds you well and safe. We are slowly returning to a ‘new normality’ and we are learning to readjust the things we do to protect others and to protect ourselves. We are living a time of change and transformation. We know that as time goes on, new challenges will emerge. But we have our hearts set on God and we trust in him. At St Paul’s, we will carry on being a prayerful presence at the heart of Whitley Bay, both physically, spiritually, and electronically. Our doors will be open to all and we want to be a safe space for those who need us. New possibilities are being offered to us; it is time to leave fear and doubt behind. It is time to embrace God’s mission and accept the new opportunities that lie ahead. Let us pray for this time of change and transformation, that our Church family might be ready to read the ‘signs of the times’ to bring anew God’s Word and Sacrament to the people of Whitley Bay.
The PCC at St. Paul's is committed to ensuring that we create and maintain a safe place for everyone in our church. Please follow this link to see the members of our Safeguarding Team, read our Safeguarding Policy and our Safeguarding Terms of Reference.