Last updated 17th November 2020:
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
It’s been a while since we updated our advice on how Christchurch is continuing to ‘be church’ in the Hitchin community. Here is our November 17th 2020 update.
We are currently in the middle of our second national Lockdown – and though we are encouraged by positive results from two vaccine trials, and are hoping that lockdown may be lifted at the beginning of December, we currently can’t plan ahead very easily!
At the beginning of September we began worshipping together on Sunday afternoons, with COVID precautions in place. Although this was very different from our pre-pandemic worship (sitting two metres apart, wearing masks, and not singing!!!) it was a great joy to be together in the same building. This has now been suspended again for a month, following government guidelines. Although we miss gathering to worship face-to-face, we gladly commit to staying safely at home, in order to protect each other and support the NHS.
There are many people who could not come back to face-to-face worship anyway, because of age, infirmity, or underlying health conditions. So we are still worshipping online every Sunday morning at 10.45am on the Christchurch Hitchin You Tube channel. This will continue for the foreseeable future, even if we can meet again for worship at the church in December.
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. Our plans for Advent and Christmas can be found here
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 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 – Email. The deadline is Wednesday.
The CHRISTCHURCH FACEBOOK GROUP is another way to stay in touch. At the time of writing (November) we have 223 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