NEWS FLASH !!!!
ST COLUMBA’S HATFIELD IS RE-OPENING
Dear Members and Friends
At last night’s Session Meeting it was agreed that our congregation would re-open and resume services on Sunday, the 11th October 2020. Under lock-level 1 we are permitted to allow entry to 100 worshippers into the Sanctuary.
Entry into the Church will be through the side door (where the organ is) and exit will be through the main door at the back.
We will adhere to all government regulations regarding temperature screening, sanitizing your hands, and also recording your attendance, and temperature on a control sheet, which we need to keep for 6 months.
We understand that certain members may not want to immediately return to Church, and hence we cannot take our old duty roster, and just continue rolling the names forward.
We are therefore asking for volunteers for the next 6 weeks, to assist in our morning service, with temperature screening, spraying of sanitizer, recording temperatures, and placing the pew leaflet in each pew. (We will not do door duty as we will not hand out hymn books or sign). We will however still have hymns, printed in the pew leaflet, and the organist will still play through the hymns and you can follow in the pew leaflet.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with one of the duties on a Sunday morning, please will you let the Church Office know within the next week, or the Minister, or myself, so that we can put a plan together, and ensure we open correctly, abiding with all the regulations that have been laid down.
We will continue for the interim broad casting our morning service both in the whatsapp group but also on Facebook, for those who cannot attend the morning service.
We will also be communicating shortly with you regarding a date for our Annual Congregational Meeting.
01 November will be our first communion service in the Sanctuary again, and this too will follow a different format, adhering to safety protocols.
We will also have a special service in November for Remembrance today and joined with this, we will remember family members and friends of our congregation and denomination, and the country at large who have been victim to COVID-19 and pray for them and their families in this special service. We will communicate this date in due course.
We are also planning a picnic before the end of the year, to fellowship with one another, and again, will practice social distancing.
Thank you once again for all that each member and friend has done to keep our congregation afloat. Our finances are severely strained, but we continue to pray that COVID-19 will soon pass, and we can all return to our normal lives again and start to build from where we left off.
Please continue to pray for our congregation and its members, and also for the wider denomination and Church. Please pray for our Moderator (Rt. Rev Dr Peter Langerman), our General Secretary (Dr Rev. Lungile Mpetsheni, in our congregation) and the Clerk of our General Assembly (the Rev. Vusi Mkhungo) for navigating our denomination through these difficult times. With God’s help, all things are possible, and we thank them specifically for their leadership during these trying times.
We will soon meet again in person, and it would be lovely to one day have a cup of tea again, with members, and catch up on all their news from the past 7 months. I am sure we all have many stories to tell, new additions to families to share with members and friends, and to see the lovely smile on people’s faces again, that we have all missed.
Please remember, if you are willing to assist with some of the duties when we open now, to please the Church Office (Suzanne) know, or the Minister (Craig) or I, so we can start planning and to ensure we have a safe and compliant opening.
NEWS FLASH !!!!