Church Buildings Open for Private Prayer & Worship


Worship

The Government has recently announced that churches may reopen for public worship with effect from Saturday 4 July. Please find here a letter from the Team Clergy announcing this and giving further details.
We have recently received a Pastoral Letter from the Diocesan Bishops which can be read here.


Detailed Guidance about Public Worship

Having prepared our three churches safely for private prayer, each church is celebrating the Eucharist this Sunday.  If you feel ready to come, you will be very welcome, but there are a few things you need to know in advance.  If you are shielding, please do not feel any pressure to return just yet, although we are offering St John's as an option for those who wish to return.  Of course, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must not attend.
For those who plan to come, please can you aim to arrive up to half an hour before the service begins.
This is because we will have 2-metre-spaced queueing and you will need to sanitise your hands before each individual or family unit is taken to their seats.  We will also be making a note of everyone who attends and a contact telephone number, in order to assist with NHS Test and Trace.  These details will be kept securely and destroyed after 21 days.
Once you are in your seat, there will be no movement, except for the carefully-organised receiving of communion (and toilet access remains for the churches).
For this Sunday, Holy Trinity will have an upper limit of 45 people;
Christ Church 36 people;
St John's 20 people.
We will consider a booking system for future Sundays if it seems necessary.
The service from Holy Trinity will be recorded and added to our Merton Priory Parish YouTube Channel.  The Order of Service is available here. We hope to have Facebook live-streaming up and running at the earliest opportunity, rotating around the churches.
Let us all hold each other in prayer as some return to church, while others still wait, asking that God will protect and guide us in the days to come.



Private Prayer

The Government has announced that, beginning the week of 15 June, our buildings may be open for private prayer, but not public worship.  This is a good beginning and we hope church members and the general public will avail themselves of this opportunity.  If you come, you will find a range of precautions to enable good hygiene and social distancing and there will be two church members on duty (do let us know if you can help for an hour or two in this regard).  It will be possible to light a votive candle and these will be supplied.  There are suggested prayers/readings on the website, but do bring your own copy of these or your own Bible or other resource with you.

Our opening times are:
Monday 3.00-7.00pm Holy Trinity (3-4pm priority for those shielding)
Tuesday 8.00am - 10.00am St John's (9-10am priority for those shielding)
Wednesday 4.00-7.00pm Christ Church (4-5pm priority for those shielding)
Thursday 11.00am-3.00pm Holy Trinity (11-12noon priority for those shielding)
Friday 4.00pm - 6.00pm St John's (5-6pm priority for those shielding)
Saturday 9.00am-12noon Christ Church (9-10am priority for those shielding)

If you have any questions, do get in touch with Alison or Mark.

'I was glad when they said to me, "let us go to the house of the Lord"' (Psalm 122).