A Message from the Wardens – 28th August 2021

Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of August and prepare for the new term we want to let you know what the PCC decided at the extra meeting last week.

Sunday morning services will continue with the same precautions – ventilating the building, hand sanitising, wearing masks to sing, and socially distanced seating except for the south aisle. We felt that September was not a good time to relax things as the schools return and cases of Covid are expected to rise. We will be looking at the situation again in October. Online services will continue to be available each week.

The children’s work team met last week too and we are delighted to let you know that the children’s work will start again in September. Please pray for everyone involved. The older group have met via Zoom throughout the pandemic with Soulroots but the younger children have not been able to meet so it will be strange for them. Please pray that they soon feel at home in their groups and for their leaders as they work out how to adapt to the changes required.

The PCC spent time planning the re-opening of the church hall for bookings. We will be able to do this from September but without the use of the kitchen. Before the kitchen can return to use it needs to be deep cleaned, which the cleaners will do. We also need to wash all the crockery etc. and clean the insides of the cupboards. HELP! There are two ways to help:

1. Bring a box/container and take some things to wash at home. (Sunday 29th August)

2. Come and help in the kitchen. I plan to be there on Tuesday 31st August from 1pm but please speak to me first so that we can work safely. Please also let me know if you want to help and can suggest a time that suits you.

Another job that must be done before the kitchen can be used is to have all the portable equipment PAT tested by an electrician. Neil has this in hand. If you use any electrical equipment in the church or hall e.g. CD player please tell Neil and let him know where he can find it on the day the electrician comes.

Once all these jobs have been done we aim to return to having refreshments in the hall after the service.

Last week we were wondering what we could do in response to the situation in Afghanistan. At the moment it is not clear what we as a church might do but attached is a summary sheet Jo Jennings has found which gives links to groups in Sheffield helping in a variety of ways.

Every blessing, Ann & James.