Church Re-Opens for Worship - 6th September
The Rural Dean and Select Vestry have made the decision to re-open the Church of the Holy Name for worship on Sunday 6th September. It will be wonderful to praise God together again, but please note and follow these rules if you intend to come to church:
The service will begin as normal at 10:30am, and last forty minutes. Please use hand sanitiser when you enter the building. You must, if possible, wear a face mask. If you wish to wear gloves, please wear a fresh pair that have not been worn elsewhere.
For the purposes of contact tracing if someone falls ill, your name and telephone number will be recorded each time you come to worship. There will be a one-way system: You will enter through the foyer of the halls, and exit through the external door of the church
The rows of seats have been spaced out further, and a distance of two metres will be maintained between members of different households. You will be instructed where to sit by the Churchwardens, filling up from the front of the church
Instead of a printed order of service, the text of the service will be displayed on the projector screen.
There will be no congregational singing, but there may be a small choir who will sing one or two hymns.
Children will remain with their parents throughout the service.
If there is Holy Communion, you will remain in your seat, rather than moving forward to the communion rails.
To limit the amount of movement within the church, there will be no FWO collection during the service. Any FWO envelopes or loose money should be deposited before or after the service in the marked box at the back of the church.
Except in the case of serious emergencies, the toilets will be unavailable as otherwise they would need to be cleaned thoroughly between each person using them.
At the end of the service, you should remain at your seat until the Churchwardens instructs you to leave.
Despite our understandable desire to have a chat with those whom we haven’t seen for a few months, groups of people will not be permitted to form inside the church building and will be strongly discouraged on church grounds.
With the resumption of worship those attending Church will be able to return their Freewill Offering Envelopes at church. However we understand that some parishioners may not be able to attend church or may not be confident to return during the current pandemic. If you are in this position there are a number of ways you may continue to support the church in meeting its financial obligations of bills etc. For details please follow the link to our giving page:
At home with a young family?
Check out our Children's Page for some ideas for keeping busy and resources to tune in to.
Ripple Children’s Ministry is planning to run online sessions of the All Aboard programme beginning Sunday April 26. The sessions will include stories, quizzes, prayers, games and challenges. More details on the Children's Page. or at Ripple All Aboard
Online Sunday Service
There will be regular updates on our YouTube channel.
A Message From the Rural Dean,
The Rev'd Brian Lacey:
Please click on the following link to hear an important message about the Rector of Greenisland from the Rural Dean:
Verse of the Day
If we can pray for you, contact a member of the prayer team. Details on Prayer Line Tab
Parish Magazine Autumn 2020:
Home and Hospital Visits
Please be aware that clergy have been advised to suspend all routine visiting to minimise spread of the coronavirus. Visits will be replaced with a phone call or email so do make sure we have your up to date contact details. Send them through to us by email, text or phone. Both myself and the pastoral team are available by telephone or email.
Our details are:
Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator
Roger Martin 07884182838