Sunday Service of Holy Communion

For the foreseeable future we will be continuing with a Sunday service online at 10.30am and a service in one of our Benefice churches at 4pm on a 3 week rotation, starting as follows:

13th September – Ruardean
20th September – Drybrook
27th September – Lydbrook
and so on.

Please note – face coverings must be worn.

For the 4pm service we are limited to Clergy plus a congregation of no more than 29 people.

Over the past few weeks, we have had 20 plus people joining us in Church and, due to the restrictions, we are now asking if you could kindly book in with for all 4pm services please.  This will enable us to allocate seats accordingly and to continue to ensure that everyone is kept safe. It also makes the recording of who is attending (for track and trace services -should that be necessary) much easier. Please let me Rev. Clare Edwards know by 6pm on the Saturday, including details of any other members of your household who will also be attending, either by telephone (01594 726318) or email (revclareedwards@gmail.com).

Collection. Please read the following before you come!

If people would like to make an offering, there will be a bin bag just inside the church door as you enter or leave, so that you can ‘drop’ your gift in without touching the container. If you want your collection to go to a specific church please put it in a clearly marked envelope. You can also use your regular church envelopes if you have them. We will then be leaving the collection in the bag untouched in the safe for several days.

If you regularly gift aid your donations to church and would like to Gift Aid this gift then please place it in a sealed envelope before you come with the following details written clearly on the outside.

Your name, full address including postcode, amount given, date, name of church to benefit.

If you want to Gift Aid and have not already completed a Gift Aid declaration for a church in the benefice you also need to include the following.

I want to Gift Aid my donation of £______________ and any donations I make in the future : Name of Church in benefice ____________________________________________________________

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

Many thanks for your continuing support.

Face coverings during Worship – update 7th July

In England, face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, post offices and on public transport. From 8 August, face coverings are also required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including places of worship, museums, galleries, cinemas and public libraries.

There are valid exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear a face covering in these settings. In particular, those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. distributing consumables). This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

#LightItInRed

#LightItInRed is a UK based direct action lighting initiative that took place on the night of Monday 6 July 2020 to draw attention to the critical condition of the UK live event and entertainment industry and its need for special government support to see it through to re-starting. It aimed to get 1000 buildings and monuments lit up in red all around the UK – Lydbrook church was one of them!

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