Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

We are building a list of helpful resources to support the church and wider community while public worship in churches is suspended. You will find these here, and they will be regularly added to. We also have a new YouTube channel and will be posting to that each week.

15th July 2020
We have been working hard for some time now to get plans in place ready to reopen St Mary’s and to resume public worship now that we are able to.  Thanks to a wonderful little team who have been working with me in this, and to the PCC for their full support of the plans, I can now let you know what will be happening with effect from Sunday 26th July.

The first thing is to say that at the moment, provision will not resemble what we had been used to before we went into lockdown.  For now, there will be only 1 Sunday service and it will take place at 10am.  It will be an alternating pattern of Holy Communion and Morning Praise, and the website calendar will be updated to show what is happening each Sunday.  In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, only 28 people can be safely seated in the church building, in addition to those who are taking the service.  So this means that you will only be able to attend church once every 3 weeks.  However, we will be recording the services in church and will upload them to the YouTube channel following the service so that you can be a part of the services even if you can’t be there in person.

We have roughly divided those on our mailing list into 3 groups, and we will contact you in the week leading up to the Sunday service to ask if you plan to attend.  If you can please reply and let us know either way  (letting us know who will be attending from your household if there is more than one of you on an email address) that would be really great.  Equally, if you get an invitation but do not wish to come to a service, you can ask to be removed from the invitation list and we will leave you in peace and just send you the news as we do now.  Or if you read this and are not on our mailing list but would like to have the opportunity to attend worship, please contact us.

I have attached a Q&A document which I hope you will find helpful and will answer a lot of questions you may have.  With the update next week, I hope to send you a link to a video which will show you what to expect if you do attend worship.

At this stage, we have not formed concrete plans for St Bridget’s, and so for those who attend St Bridget’s if you would like to attend a service at St Mary’s until we do, please let me know and I will add you to one of the invitation lists.

24th March 2020
As you will have seen, yesterday the Prime Minister gave a briefing which has escalated the response required to tackle coronavirus. As a result, all churches have been closed completely with immediate effect until further notice. We want to reassure you that while the church buildings may no longer be open for prayer and worship, the church as the people of God most definitely are.

We have today set up a YouTube channel, and resources are being prepared which will emerge later this week. You will find it here if you are interested. If you want to subscribe and receive notifications you can do so on that page. It may be a bit homespun, but then that’s just us really. New resources have been added to the website this week, and the prayer diary is coming along well and should be ready in the next week or so. In the meantime, please stay safe and well, and do not take any unnecessary risks.

17th March 2020
Today it was announced that public worship will be suspended in all Church of England Churches for the time being, in line with Government advice. We would reiterate what many have said, that although public worship will not be taking place, the commitment to prayer will definitely be continuing.

We are currently working on a postcard which will soon be delivered to every household in the parishes of Berrow and Brean to offer support to those who are feeling anxious or isolated, as well as a set of worship and prayer resources that anyone can use during this time. The letter from Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu can be viewed here.

16th March 2020
The latest advice shared with churches in Berrow and Brean in available in the following download. Coronavirus Update 15th March 2020

15th March 2020
We know that many people are finding the current coronavirus pandemic to be a time of high anxiety and concern, particularly those who are already feeling vulnerable. As a church we are looking to take the most appropriate actions in order to take the situation seriously whilst trying to minimise anxiety. The ministry team and churchwardens are monitoring all of the updated guidance from the Church of England and the Diocese of Bath and Wells and will make regular updates at main Sunday morning services and try to keep the website updated as well. If you want to find out more then you can visit the links below.

Diocese of Bath and Wells updates
Church of England updates

If you are unwell and have self-isolated, or for pre-emptive reasons have chosen to do so, we do not want you to feel alone and cut off completely. If you would like to be in contact with one of our pastoral team, please contact us and leave your information and we will arrange for you to be contacted. In line with our data protection guidelines we will not use your contact details for any other purpose.