Coronavirus Statement – updated 4th March 2021
We remain concerned to follow the government rules and enable a smooth and permanent exit from lockdown. With that caveat in mind we have decided to re-open the building for worship on Sunday at 10am from Sunday 14th March.
This is allowed under current legislation. However, the re-opening will be done within the current restrictions:
Face coverings must be worn, social distancing maintained, hand sanitiser will be available and please do not attend if you have symptoms of Covid or have been asked to isolate by Test and Trace.
We will keep a record of who is present for three weeks following the service in case of a connected outbreak. It would really help us to plan seating if you could let Mat (email@example.com) or Marlene know if you plan to attend.
We also ask anyone attending to remember that socialising with those outside your household is still not allowed before or after the service. That situation remains until the government changes its guidelines. The first step in that change will be on 29th March.
March 14th is Mothering Sunday and there will be an online service for that Sunday as well as the in building service.
Our online worship will continue to be offered each Sunday on the services page of this website. Many people gather virtually each Sunday (or on other days) to worship God. Our zoom coffee and connect also continues each Sunday morning at 11.15 for 40 minutes. All are welcome. Access is via the link sent out each week in the vicar’s email or by requesting it through the contacts page on this website.
Funerals are still possible in the church building. Please do contact the Vicar Mat in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contacts page on this website. There is currently a legal limit of 30 people for Funerals
Rev Terry Wilcock and Rev Mat Ineson continue to offer to speak or pray with anyone who would appreciate that or to find help if that is needed from another church member or appropriate body. Do contact them via the Contacts page of the website.
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 email@example.com 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