The church laid out for the first service back. The spacing is at 2 meters as required and laid out for those attending. Singles, couples and one family group. A total of 19, with two spare seats. Total capacity for this configuration was 22.
17/03 – The way that the church reopens for congregational worship will be discussed at our next PCC meeting later this month. Any decision will be based on the advice and plans set out by the Government and the Church of England.
26/02 – Advice from Southend Borough Council, along with Thurrock and Essex County Council below.
Though places of worship can open for limited numbers (depending on area) taking all factors into account, we will continue to run our services via Zoom until further notice. The church is therefore not open for public worship at this time. However, we will review this for the Easter services when we hope we can join together again. Many have said that they would like to see the church reopen to everyone at once, rather than a limited number, this will be borne in mind.
“The pandemic is far from over. If we ease the lockdown too fast there is a serious risk that
cases will rise again. We must all still follow the rules. Whether your venue is open already
or you are now planning to re-open, please follow the guidance . . . and the limits on
gatherings set out.”
26/02 – Bishop Peter made the following statement in a recent letter: Even though thankfully the vaccines are in rapid roll out and virus infection rates are in significant decline in our diocesan areas, we must avoid adding to the risk of yet another sharp rise in the spread of the virus, especially due to the possibility of mutations. This is not the time to cast all caution aside, but rather for those of us whose church buildings have been closed for congregational worship to carefully consider the timing of re-opening in the light of our local circumstances, our own health, and capacities to minimise risk. There is no need to rush to a decision and further practical advice from the Church of England nationally is expected soon.
23/02 – Following the forward looking plans announced by Boris yesterday, we await the thoughts of the Church of England on how the plans are to be applied to church services. Watch this space!
Updates in January 2021
Whilst the Government have said that places of worship can stay open, here at Christ Church, we think that the risk is unacceptable and therefore we continue to hold our services online via Zoom. If you would like to join us please email admin, under the contacts page, for a link.
- Updated guidance on singing in church
The Government has updated their guidance on singing. Whilst the vast majority of our churches have now moved worship online, the guidance is relevant to churches who wish to include singing in online worship.
In summary, amateur choirs are not permitted in any circumstance and singing should be limited to one person. The singer should be strictly socially distanced from other people. This does not apply to groups from a single household, who record at home.
Our shop in Woodgrange Drive is closed until further notive
Please store any items you are looking to give to charity responsibly at home, until the charity shop reopens. Please do not leave them in front of charity shop as they will not be taken in.
Any items left in front of charity shops will be classed as fly-tipping. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are working closely with charity shops and anyone found to be fly-tipping will be prosecuted.
This is taken from the Church of England website
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference