Private prayer...and now Sunday reflections in our building
Updated: Jul 1
We've been open to friends and visitors for private prayer on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, between 10:00 and noon since mid-June.
We're pleased to announce that, in addition, on Sundays at 10:00 and 11:00, you will be able to hear a reading, some thoughts and prayers (full worship services will not yet be held). Each slot will last for around 15 minutes.
Appropriate safety measures will be in place in line with C of E guidelines. These include hand-sanitizers, restricted areas of the church being available, a one-way system to reach and leave open pews, removal of some contents (hymn books, bibles, kneelers etc) and cleaning. Unfortunately we are unable to open the toilets
For each opening occasion, a Steward will attend to guide those who wish to enter and pray
Anyone wishing to pray in the church and/or attend the 15-minute Sunday slots is asked to respect the privacy of anyone else present, and must abide by appropriate social distancing.
Big thanks are due to those who have prepared the church building for this, and to those who will be stewarding and cleaning.
For some this will be a welcome opportunity. Others will not yet wish to enter a church building, or be able to do so. It’s entirely your choice, there is no pressure.
It is also now permitted to hold small funerals in church. Permission to hold weddings and other public worship is being granted from 4th July, however we await further detail in respect of how we can operate. See the Diocese’s news release at https://exeter.anglican.org/weddings-and-worship-in-devons-church-buildings-from-4-july/
If you wish to read the relevant Government guidance in full about this stage in the use of places of worship, it is at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july
Though, sadly, our beautiful church building is closed for any other activities until further notice under the current restrictions, people from the church are still active and open to any way we can help you if you need it.
If you are lonely and would simply like to talk to someone, please do get in touch – the Vicar’s number is 01404 812979, and there are other people who would be willing to do this as well.
You may be rightly concerned about a baptism or wedding that you have booked for later this year. At the moment, we cannot say whether or not any such events this year will take place. Please phone the church office (01404 812062) between 10am and 12 noon for the latest information and for help if you need it. The answerphone will be on all other times.
In the meantime, be assured that prayers are being offered for our community by the churches in Ottery.
Revd Steve Weston, Vicar.