To share God's love and Christ's message of hope in all that we are and do.
We wish everyone a happy , healthy new year and pray that 2021 will bring well being. It is with great regret that we cannot worship January however, the church will be open for private prayer from 10.30am for up to 20 minutes with all the Covid 19 measures in place and no social gathering.
The rising Covid numbers around us, point to the risk entailed when people meet. As elders and ministers we try to make our worship as safe as humanly possible and are asking everyone to really socially distance, not to mix before and after worship, to wear masks at all times , to enter and exit following the signage and to stay on marked pews. While in tier 4 and not self isolating we endeavour to continue to offer a short act of worship each Sunday ,but alert you to the risk you take each time you leave the house and come in contact with others.
With the immunisation programme on the way there is a tangible hope that by the middle of the coming year we will be able to come together again in much greater freedom. Till then we know God walking with us even in the darkest night, ready to comfort and pointing to the light at the end of all our journeys.
God bless Angela
However, please follow the guidlines below.
Please stay at home when you have symptoms and let us know.
Please wash your hands before you come, use alcohol gel at the entry and the exit.
Observe social distancing of 2 metres at all times.
We will offer tea and coffee in the hall before worship from 10.30.
Please enter by the side entrance off the car park and make use of the garden if the weather permits.
If you just want to come for worship enter by the main entrance.
Please bring and wear a face covering in the vestibule and church
Follow signs and floor markings for the flow through the church.
Only the disabled toilet will be open. Disinfect before and after use.
Sit in marked places in the church to guarantee social distancing.
You may bring your own cushion should you wish.
Bear with the open doors for air flow.
Service time will be around 30 minutes to minimise infection possibility.
There will be no singing or using of hymn books, music will be played, clapping and humming behind face coverings is less risky.
Every one attending agrees that their name and address will be kept for 21 days to enable track and trace should it become necessary.
Consider giving your collection via standing order, but a plate for envelopes will be at the exit and the offertory counted the following Sunday.
Exit through that side door of the church allowing people to leave pew by pew to maintain social distancing.
Once outside please make space for those wanting to go home and when staying to chat observe social distancing.
Despite this not sounding like a lot of fun we can make it work, keep everyone safe, enjoy each other and praise the Lord.
When in the near future we are able celebrate communion we will be able to admire the cloth on the alter table which was crafted by Theresa who spent many hours crafting the cloth and brought it with her from home and gifting it the church.
Rev'd Angela Gemmer-Snell
Rev'd Angela Gemmer-Snell Minister of Oldfallings United Reformed Church 'It has been a great joy to be minister for 20 years being invited to accompany people through their joys and sorrows in life. 'I have been fortunate to meet many people in the local community and I am looking forward to welcome new people in the church and to get to know them'.
The church is also working with the Little Brothers of the Good Shepard Soup Kitchen Food Bank Good Shepherd Ministry, 65 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WVI 4QU
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Open Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm. Access is by referral through a recognised organisation (e.g. CAB or Job Centre). Also provides a soup kitchen service on Thursday & Saturday between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm.