COVID-19 & Plans to gradually reopen for Private Prayer

Dear Friends

The churches in the Stoke-by-Nayland, Leavenheath, Polstead, Nayland and Wiston, will continue to be closed for the time being.

Like many other faith groups we are keen to return to a regular pattern of worship as soon as it is both safe and practical to do so. The churchwardens and myself have already begun to work our way through the the risk assessments from the Church of England whilst we await the Government to actually publish their promised guidance on allowing churches to reopen for Private Prayer.

Once all the information is available we are hoping to gradually reopen one or two of our churches for limited times to allow those who wish to pray, but this isn’t going to happen immediately.

Our short term goal is to hopefully have made all the necessary assessments and to have obtained enough PPE/hygiene/signage and put practical measures in place to allow St Mary’s, Stoke to be available from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday 5th July 2020. If all goes well we will be looking to follow this with St James’, Nayland soon afterwards.

St Matthew’s, Leavenheath; St Mary’s, Polstead; and St Mary’s, Wissington will, at least for the time being, remain closed, but these will be reviewed regularly. We will however continue to Stream Services online and offer printed prayer material for all who would like them.

As previously posted our number one priority is the safety of our volunteers and those wishing to come to church to pray. Once we are confident that we are able to gradually reopen safely we will do so.

Please do follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Benefice Website /
to find out exactly when we will begin.

In the meantime we thank you for your continued support, patience and forbearance.

with every blessing and an assurance of prayer.

Revd Mark

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