Coronavirus Statement – updated 17 th July 2021
We still await formal guidance from the Church of England regarding any restrictions to worship following the step change on 19th July and we don’t know precisely what the new guidance will be.
However we have had some communication from Bishop James today which says the following: “We had hoped that revised guidance may be available from the end of this week but it appears that this may now be early next week. You will understand that this is out of the hands of the Church of England and that the central C of E communications team will work as quickly as possible …… I appreciate that many will have questions around such issues as singing and mask wearing; again we will look to signpost you to all the relevant information as soon as we have it.
Guidance received to date contains the following section: “Social distancing and wearing a face covering are now a personal choice. People are encouraged to respect other attendees and those working at events who may wish to adopt a more cautious approach. The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. Please refer to the [Government] guidance on how to stay safe and stop the spread of coronavirus for further information and the actions to take to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.” Likewise as for singing, music and performances the guidance states: “There are no limits on the number of people who can sing or perform indoors or outdoors. However, some activities can also increase the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19. This happens where people are doing activities which generate more particles as they breathe heavily, such as singing, dancing, exercising or raising their voices. The risk is greatest where these activities take place when people are in close contact with others, for example in crowded indoor spaces where people are raising their voices. In situations where there is a higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19, you should be particularly careful to follow the guidance on keeping yourself and others safe as we return to normality.”
So it would appear that much of the decision-making around such issues will now fall at a local level”
The Crosscrake Wardens will consult next week with Rev Angela Whittaker to decide what will happen on Sundays to come and we will post this information on this page as soon as it is available.
Caring for people in our community
Self isolation, whether because we are ill or are in an ‘at risk group’, could bring extra challenges. There are people in the church community who are willing to shop or fetch items for those in this situation.
Do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me 07398252715 if you need assistance in this way or just want to talk. If you want to offer help to neighbours you could download and use the card below if that is of help.
Rev Mat Ineson
Vicar St Thomas’ Crosscrake
If you feel lonely or isolated do contact me. We are also always happy to pray for you and to contact you by phone for a chat.
The Church of England guidance can be found on the Carlisle Diocese website here https://www.carlislediocese.org.uk/coronavirus/ or the
Church of England website herehttps://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
Do join me in continuing to pray for all those affected by this virus in whatever way, and for all in the health and emergency services and government as they deal with the challenges this crisis presents.
Rev Mat Ineson, Vicar