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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 9th – 16th May

Sadly, for the second year we are not able to hold social functions to raise money for this worthy charity due to Covid restrictions.

However, during Christian Aid Week we are offering to deliver hot lunches, snacks etc on 2 or  3 week days. On both Sundays we will deliver teatime boxes during the afternoon.

It will be necessary to order your meals in advance by contacting Mary on (864217).

We will make a nominal charge but invite you to add a donation to Christian Aid. CLICK HERE to donate online

The Christian Aid Charity is the official relief & development agency of all churches in the UK & Ireland bringing relief for our brothers & sisters world wide of all faiths or none. Their work involves working with local partners and communities to fight injustice, supporting long term development projects, responding to humanitarian emergencies and campaigning for change. They are supporting those countries suffering most severely from the effects of climate change.

We hope you will enjoy some home cooked food delivered to your door while helping our neighbours in some of the poorest countries to survive.

Please contact Mary by the beginning of May and we will contact you regarding delivery arrangements.

If you don’t require a meal but would like to support Christian Aid, donations can be given to Rev. Sharon, the Church Wardens or CLICK HERE to donate online.

HRH Prince Philip

With the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh it is anticipated that an online Book of Condolence will be opened by Buckingham Palace at www.royal.uk, to which parishioners are directed. 

Neither the Parish Council nor St Thomas’s Church are able to open a physical book of condolence, or to provide a location for floral tributes, and instead suggest a charitable donation. The Duke of Cambridge has recently launched an urgent appeal on behalf of the National Emergencies Trust so that the Trust can help local charities, distribute money and support victims in combatting the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Further information is available at www.nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk.

St Thomas’s Church is, of course, open for private prayer and the lighting of a candle.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with members of the Royal Family.

Church Open 7th March Pre-Booking Required

To join our Service at 0930am on Sunday please could you pre-book your space admin@stthomasgroombridge.org.uk

Doing Live Church Differently – Public Worship

While it is a cause for great rejoicing that we are able to offer public worship at St Thomas’ once again, it comes with a risk to ourselves and others.  With the Churchwardens, and PCC, we have done all we can at St Thomas’ to ensure that we follow guidelines and keep one another safe, but the congregation must also take responsibility for themselves.  While the list below is lengthy, I hope it will help you to make the decision as to whether or not you feel ready to return to public worship.

  1. You should not attend public worship if you are clinically vulnerable, shielding, or are displaying Covid-19 symptoms.  The Govt advice for those aged 70 years or over remains the same:  ‘Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.’  Please do not feel that you ‘should’ attend church.  The Bishop makes it quite clear that no-one should put themselves or others at risk.  We will continue to offer our YouTube services during this time of transition.
  2. Wear face mask and gloves if you wish.
  3. Bring an extra layer as we are going to have doors and windows open!
  4. Miss Nicholls is happy for the car park to be used.
  5. Keep to the 2m distancing where possible; 1+m if wearing a mask.
  6. You will be asked to hand sanitise on entering the church.
  7. You will be asked your name and address for tracking and tracing purposes.
  8. A Contactless Collection will be available before and after the service, together with a plate for any cash or Gift Aid envelopes.
  9. You will be shown to your seat by a sidesperson.
  10. The service is on the screen.  No Orders of service permitted.
  11. No Singing!
  12. Sidespeople will invite individuals to receive communion, to prevent the need for queuing.
  13. No-one ‘has to’ receive Holy Communion.
  14. This will be administered to you standing up, and you will receive the wafer only.
  15. You may like to bring your own hand sanitiser to use before receiving communion.
  16. I will hand sanitise and wear a face mask when offering the wafer, as it is not possible to maintain 2m. 
  17. Children will receive the sign of the cross as blessing, with no hand contact.
  18. There is no children’s corner.
  19. The toilet is available; we would ask you wipe down surfaces with the disinfectant provided following use.
  20. The kitchen is remains closed.
  21. For exiting – both main door and Choir vestry door will be used.
  22. We are encouraged to leave promptly without our usual socialising.  Sorry!

Snowdrop Light a Candle

This year, sadly, we are unable to hold our usual Snowdrop Service to remember our loved ones. Instead, I Invite you to light a candle on this special evening, place it in a window, or on your doorstep. It will be a symbol of light in the darkness, and a message of home and connectedness for all. Reverend Sharon

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