St. John's and St. Peter's is COVID secure and now open for public worship
Sunday service will continue to be streamed online via Facebook live (see below) and Zoom.
Communal Worship Update:
As the Government has lifted restrictions from 19th July, we are prayerfully and carefully navigating a way in which SJSP Church can welcome all people to meet together for communal Worship in God’s glorious economy of love, peace and joy. It is important we listen to one another while recognising as well the demands made on those like Graham, the Churchwardens and Fr Ian who have to make decisions in what can be pastorally complex situations- we serve a very wide and diverse community.
We were the first Anglican Church in Birmingham to receive a charter of good practice from the Council, and in light of that and a revised risk assessment, we encourage the following to enable all of us to share in the gift of “Life in all its abundance” that we have in Jesus. John 10:10 – and as part of God’s beloved community:
· Hand sanitizer will be available at the door and we would encourage you to use it or to wash hands thoroughly using the bathroom facilities.
· Although face coverings are no longer mandatory please continue to wear a mask if you can.
Sharing hospitality is a sign of a welcoming church and an important expression of incarnating the generous love of Jesus. Offers and suggestions as to how we can do this ministry of “Outloving” better, will be most welcome!
· Markers indicating social distancing will still be in place for those who wish to continue the practice, as will the socially distanced seating. However, if you wish to sit by someone, please do ensure it is by mutual consent. We will open the church up for more seating. The building has the advantage of a very high roof and excellent through ventilation. The doors will be open at least an hour before every service to enhance this.
· We can resume congregational singing and are looking forward to this! Ideally, we will sing with our masks on but if for any reason you are not using a mask, we ask that you sing with devotion and the recommendation is the level should be no more than normal speech.
· At communion services, we will continue to administer communion in the one kind as we feel it is too soon to share the chalice. Fr Ian and Brother David are reflecting on the practicalities but also the reverence of receiving the sacrament in both kinds. Likewise, we will continue to offer the peace at a distance.
· Finally, although we can legally gather in a group inside and out, we are encouraging everyone to leave the building as soon as possible and chat outside. We have other services on Sunday afternoon so preparation for them is needed. We hope to be able to trial the serving of tea and coffee next Sunday. This depends on volunteers- If this is the case, we will provide socially distanced indoor seating for the more elderly members of the congregation.
We will keep the measures under review until we see the impact of the relaxation of the rules on our community and gauge how safe our congregation feels before we progress further.
Please continue to pray and encourage one another in worship and in acts of love and service for Jesus. These words of Apostle Paul to the church should be our prayer and action plan in these times:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17
With our love and prayers
Graham: Operations Manager
Fr Ian: Incumbent
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