Welcome to St. Mary's Great Dunmow
Welcome to St. Mary's Church, Great Dunmow
Our Sunday services are currently 'hybrid' services - people will be in church and we will also be streaming the services, so if you feel more comfortable staying at home at the moment, please join us on Zoom.
Dear church family,
As you know, this week has marked the lifting of most of the remaining COVID restrictions. The Church of England has released its guidance, which takes into consideration the current rate of infections in the country – and the fact that many people are still not double vaccinated, and some are not in a position to be so due to other health considerations. The guidance thus makes clear that we should proceed with appropriate caution.
After much prayer, the churchwardens and I have decided that with effect from Sunday, July 25:
Masks should still be worn inside by those who do not have a medical reason for not doing so.
Some pews will remain cordoned off. Seating on ‘open pews’ will be self-regulated. Signs asking others to ‘keep distance’ will be available on all pews for you to place next to your household to indicate to others that you wish space to be left. Socially distanced chairs will also be available at the rear and side of the church.
Congregational singing will return. We will wear our masks while we sing.
Hand gel should be used on entry, exit and before receiving Communion.
Track and Trace QR code will be available at the door if you have the NHS Covid app. Alternatively you may leave your name and contact details at the welcome desk if you wish to.
Communion will continue to be administered in the form of bread only. You will be invited to come forward to receive this at the Chancel steps. For those who wish to receive communion in their seats, this will be possible also.
The peace will be shared as we have been doing since we returned to church i.e. no handshakes/hugs are to be exchanged.
We will continue with this approach to worship for the next few weeks, and will review as we go.
The 9:30am Thursday service at St. Marys will continue without music for those who are anxious about the resumption of congregational singing. For those who are still shielding and having to isolate, be assured that we will continue to live stream via Zoom our 10:30am Sunday and 9:30am Thursday services. The Sunday service will also be available to watch on YouTube after the service has ended.
Please do contact me if you have any concerns or questions about the above. You remain in our prayers as we all discern how to best to live with the further easing of restrictions.
As I said in my note last week, we must bear with one another, think of others before ourselves and pray for one another. "...Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Yours in Christ, Rev Tom
St. Mary's A/V project
As most will know, we are raising money to install new technology into the church, and you will find more information about this here.
Anything to do with technology seems to be expensive (!), so we are very grateful to those who have donated towards the cost of the project so far.
If you would like to help, please see the details on the A/V project page.