Great news! In line with the government’s advice on churches opening the PCC met (by Zoom) to discuss it. Following the discussion, we have taken the decision to have limited access to the church. Revd Nancy mentioned three considerations in particular; firstly, we must not lead people to think in any way that God is shut up behind closed doors in the church building. Secondly, that we need to work backwards in keeping in mind opening again for public worship and for funerals. Finally, in doing a risk assessment, we must be mindful of the level of risk, which changes, and is not the same in all circumstances.
So, for now, we are opening up just the back area, on Sundays and Wednesdays only 10am-4pm. Starting on Sunday 21st (possibly changing if there is a funeral or contractors need to work in church) just the fellowship area at the back of church will be open. This gives a recognised pattern for people to remember and includes opening on a weekend day. It reminds people that church will not be “back to normal” any time soon. It won’t compress footfall into a few busy hours.
We will need to manage the volunteers for cleaning – we need both the normal cleaning each week and the extra cleaning. The extra should be relatively quick – just the frequently touched surfaces at the back and surfaces going in through the vestry doors twice a week. The main body of the church will still need regular cleaning. Although we would like to attract new volunteers, we regret that we not accept volunteers who are over 70 or designated in any at risk category.
Now that your homes and gardens are in “tip top” shape we need you to volunteer to come and pray while cleaning the church or helping out in the grounds. A small but very dedicated team has been working to tidy up parts of the church grounds and graveyards, so thanks to all who have helped with that. If you would like to join the volunteer cleaning or gardening teams, please click on email@example.com and say YES!
We do not know when we are able to restart public worship, or, when it might be possible to have funerals in church again. Any updates will be posted on the church notice boards, and through our newsletter : firstname.lastname@example.org, and, of course, on the website : bolton-le-sands.org.uk, where you will find the latest edition of The Messenger.