Dear EFP church folk,
The C of E has issued important new guidance on wearing face masks when attending church. It reads as follows:
"We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may beother people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”
The full guidance can be read at https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/COVID%2019%20advice%20on%20face%20coverings%20v1.0.pdf . The guidance will remain in force into further notice.
The purpose of this guidance is to mitigate further against the risk of spread of infection. However, it presents an additional challenge in sharing worship together. We will negotiate this as best we can. Thankfully God’s Spirit knows no barriers.
In my parish magazine article for August, I reflect on the experience of wearing masks. A copy is attached. I hope you each find you are able to adjust to the new requirement for mask wearing in shops.
Confirmation that today there will be:
The online and church services share the same service sheet, see below.
For the Feniton church service:
- please bring a face mask.
We will of course be social distancing.
For the Youtube service:
No social distancing or masks needed…
Wednesday’s mid-week Morning Prayer service will be in Feniton church at 10.30am.
Picture of the week: self-explanatory...
Take care and God bless,
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team