On 12th June the government announced that church buildings could be reopened ‘for individual prayer’ with ‘significant limitations’.
Public worship is still not possible, although funerals can be held in a church if applying the same restrictions as for committals presently.
In the Benefice of West Trent we have 7 church buildings, valued for their beauty and interest, their spiritual ambience and meaning. It will not be possible to reopen them all at the same time, not least because of the cleaning regime required. The last thing we would want is for a church building to be a potential source of C-19, so it is better to err on the side of caution.
Each church has to do a rigorous risk assessment, agreed by incumbent, churchwardens and PCC prior to reopening.
Here are the days/times of reopening around the Benefice as at present.
Bleasby, St Mary’s – Sundays (mid-am to dusk)
Halloughton, St James – Sundays (10am – 6pm)
Hoveringham, St Michael & All Angels – Fridays (day light hours)
Morton, St Denis – Wednesdays (10am – 3pm)
Rolleston, Holy Trinity – remaining closed
St Peter’s Priory, Thurgarton – Saturdays (8am – 8pm)
St Peter & St Paul, Upton – daily (10am – 5pm except Mondays)
You are more than welcome to visit as an individual or in your ‘bubble’, following the notices in the church to guide you. People are working really hard to reopen but some are awaiting circumstances to change a bit more before they do.
Any questions or comments are welcome to myself or the churchwardens of the church.
The Revd Phil
077 200 100 66
The reopening of church buildings, a link to a letter clarifying about this:
Zoom worship continues…here is a link to see what we’re up to:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1cJ6aLPZ60NITo2K7G_bQvQuFarOaaa81Cgc-PZbzRmdKh09vUrjpUA7L0w-_PUV Password: 7r#ZFbW5