Team News 30 May 2021

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

As we return to worship in our churches, the same restrictions apply before the latest lockdown (e.g. wearing of face masks and social distancing).  Services will be live streamed via YouTube from St Margaret, Reydon for those continuing to join us from home.

Our website www.solebayteamministry.co.uk and CoE www.churchofengland.org/contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life                   

FOOD BANK:   Thank you for all your support for The Sole Bay Foodbank (working with Lowestoft Foodbank and Trussell Trust). Please bring your donations Holy Trinity Blythburgh or for those living near or in Reydon to John and Jan Collins house at 19 Lakeside Park Drive or phone 01502 725731 for collection.  If anyone is aware of someone in financial difficulties and/or need who could benefit from a food parcel please encourage them to contact Lowestoft Food Bank (07307 866 146) or email: info@lowestoft.foodbank.org.uk. Thank you for your support.

COVID 19 Guidance update 

From 17 May, national regulations affecting churches and church-related activities changed. Please also refer to the Church of England’s national COVID-19 page Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance | The Church of England   

The principal changes from Step 2 are: 

  • People can now attend public worship in Church as part of a group of 6 (as well as alone or as part of a household group).
  • Outdoor public worship can take place without any total cap on numbers as long as people stay within groups of not more than 30.
  • Weddings can now be attended by up to 30 people.
  • Funerals no longer have a specific cap on numbers (but there is guidance on capacity and keeping churches COVID-secure that needs to be taken into account).
  • Up to 30 people can attend support groups and parent and child groups (with children under 5 not being counted).
  • Concerts and plays and heritage visiting can resume in churches (subject to requirements and guidance on keeping venues COVID-secure).

The document on conducting public worship has been updated to reflect the new government guidance on singing. COVID 19 advice on conducting public worship v3.4_1.pdf (churchofengland.org) The guidance on congregational singing indoors has not changed. However, the distinction between amateur and professional musicians has returned to government guidance. Amateur musicians should limit all (indoors) rehearsals and services to a maximum of 6 singers until further notice. Professional musicians are not limited by number. The RSCM has a helpful document updated on 19 May, which you can find http://www.rscm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FAQs-re-Singing-19th-May-2021-1.pdf

There have been some enquiries about holding meetings in the church building, particularly from parish councils. These are permitted, providing you follow the guidelines for multi purpose community facilities; these guidelines can be found COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)