A message from our minister

                                                                                                                        29 October 2020

We plan to hold our first Communion service since the beginning of March on Sunday. Some have been eagerly awaiting this. We are doing all we can to remain Covid-safe. It will be different:

  • The elements will be carefully prepared to prevent contamination

  • The elements will be covered whenever they are prayed over, and will be administered without words.

  • The table will be at the centre of the church in front of the sanctuary.

  • You will be invited to come forward down the central aisle to receive a wafer from me.

  • You will then step to the side of the church you came from to take wine from a Deacon.

  • Please take the nearest glass and do not reach over others.

  • You will place your empty glass on the side tables and return to your place by the side aisle.

  • The service will be simple in format and will be based on worship in the Iona community.

  • We must observe safe distancing while moving around the church.

On 8th November we will observe Remembrance Sunday differently, too. There will be acts of remembrance in both the 10 am and 11 am services, but neither will occur at 11 am and the commemorative wreath will be placed at the front of the church not at the war memorial. If it is important to you that silence is kept at precisely 11 am, you may want to share in the national cenotaph service on TV.   

For your continued reassurance, I remind you of the precautions we have taken in our effort to keep the church free of Covid-19.  

  • A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out on behalf of the Deacons and can be found on our website.

  • To allow for appropriate physical distancing, every third pew will be in use and this means that we have reduced capacity.

  • The entrance will be through the south east outside door, into the coffee area. 

  • Hand sanitisers will be used on entry.

  • We will be pleased to welcome you, but not with a handshake.

  • There will be designated routes around the church, including for Communion. 

  • The exit will be through the south west and the vestry doors. Special arrangements will be made for any wheelchair users.

  • There will be a comprehensive single-use paper order of service for each person, which you will be asked to take away with you.

  • There will be no singing, but there will be organ music with Stephen at the console. 

  • There will be no crèche or Junior Church but children of all ages are actively encouraged to attend and will be welcome at any of the services.

  • A toilet will be available.

  • There will be no coffees and teas following the services.

  • Between each service, the toilet and touch points such as door handles, stair rails and pew backs will be cleaned.

  • You are invited to place your offering in a common receptacle at the back of the church either as you enter or as you leave.

Finally, I remind you that

  • face coverings are now required when attending places of worship. I, however, will be barefaced when conducting the service so that I am not muffled.

  • we will record your attendance for test and trace purposes

  • you should not attend church if you are showing any of the symptoms associated with the virus.

18 March 2020

Charity number 1136623

Regulated by the Charity Commission