Last updated 31st December 2020:
Here in Hertfordshire we moved into Tier 4 just before Christmas. Under the COVID guidelines, only support groups can meet in multi-use community premises such as Christchurch. If you would like to meet as a support group, please see the information below about bookings and risk assessments.
Bookings management The following document details how we will manage our bookings process – potential hirers may find it a useful starting point Hiring rooms process v3
You may also find this Risk Assessment proforma useful.
Our latest Covid Risk Assessment Document for worship services
Information for hirers
Information for users and hirers of the Church sanctuary
Information for users and hirers of the Hall, Rooms 3, 4, 10 & 11
Information for users and hirers of Rooms 5 and 8 in the Silver Birch Centre (SBC)
Being Christchurch in Covid times
December 31st 2020
We are about to move into a new year – 2021 – and I pray it will be a time of renewed hope for all of us!
We moved into tier 4 in Hertfordshire just before Christmas. We have decided that we will not meet together for face-to-face worship on the premises at least during January and February. This new strain of COVID seems particularly virulent, and we commit to staying at home in order to protect each other and our NHS workers.
WORSHIP is live-streamed on Christchurch Hitchin YouTube every Sunday at 10.45am. Please join us if you can – although we are separated geographically, we are one in spirit as we worship together. The order of service, prayers and hymns are on the Worship at Home page of this website beforehand, and on Sunday evening the text of the sermon is available too. This is posted out to those who are not online on Mondays. Please contact me if you don’t have access to the internet and would like a DVD or a CD of the service each week.
SMALL GROUPS are still meeting – either on Zoom or on whatsapp. Contact your group leader, or get in touch with Greg Gould, to find out more.
WEEKLY is no longer full of dates and activities! But every week it is emailed or posted to everyone on our database. It includes a pastoral letter from the minister or one of the trustees, and news from members of the church family; it’s a great way to stay in touch with each other while we can’t meet up over coffee. If you’d like to send something to go in Weekly, contact our administrator Suzanne. The deadline is Wednesday.
The CHRISTCHURCH FACEBOOK GROUP is another way to stay in touch. At the time of writing we have 225 members. Plenty of Christchurch folk share comments, photos and family news on Facebook, and it’s a good way to stay in touch with the church community.
PASTORAL SUPPORT is being offered by phone, and in emergencies by socially distanced visits. Christine Warren, our Pastoral Area Lead, is in the process of creating a network of pastoral friends, so that everyone connected with Christchurch has someone who phones them up regularly for a chat, and to check they are OK. If you’d like to be part of this network – either to receive calls, or to make calls to someone else, or both, please get in touch with Christine or with me.
If you want to talk to the minister at any time, I’m (nearly) always here!
Stay safe, and stay in touch.
01462 612 571
07388 845 877
Val Reid – Email