Reopening Beginning Sunday 20th June 10:30am to 12 Noon.

Posted on June 14, 2020 by Julian Smith


Dear All

I hope this finds you and yours well. 

I’m sorry to report that one of our regular’s loved ones has been affected by Covid-19, namely our Organist Chris’s very elderly grandmother after a hospital visit and in a care home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s nan and family at this time.

From 15th June places of worship can open for private prayer. We can accommodate up to 9 at anyone time in the chapel, similarly in the hall where paper cup refreshments will be served on the way out, and we’ll be open from Sunday 20th June from 10:30am to 12 noon. Chris will be in attendance playing a medley of meditative music, and there will be an opportunity to light a sterile tea light candle provided using a repeatedly sanitised lighter. It should be possible for a few of us who enjoy prolonged meditation to stay for up to half or even the whole session. Sue and I will monitor the chapel sanctuary; Andrew the hall, refreshments and exit from the hall; and Stephen the connecting corridor and toilets (only 1 person per bathroom). Paper towels replace the shared towels in the bathrooms, there will be hand sanitising gel in all places, and masks are to be worn by all on the premises, with our supplying those without them. Admittance is by invitation only for now, and if you could let me know all the dates you hope to attend up to and including 5th July and how long you’d like to stay ideally on each occasion ASAP, I’ll let you know what we can do for your diary by the end of the week. 

Our decision to reopen ASAP is based on the following analysis of denominational and district advice on our website’s blog page:

So I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Sunday and moving forward out of lockdown and into the ‘new normal’. I pray it will be full of not merely silver, but golden linings. Now off to check on the chapel, see Cynthia outdoors and to prepare for our call-in reflection at 4pm. Join us if you can at 4pm. 

Much love