Covid-19

Remembrance Day 2020

Please find below a link to the latest Government regulations regarding Remembrance Day Services (published on Tuesday 3rd November). Please take time to read it carefully so that everyone is clear as to what measures need to be in place so that this can be conducted in a Covid-secure manner.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday

These new regulations mean that we are able to hold a small outdoor service on Remembrance Sunday starting at 10.45am at both St Peter’s and St Leonard’s.

However, you will also see from these regulations that I am required to “discourage” you from attending in person unless you are actively involved in the service e.g. laying a wreath. If you do wish to observe the parade or the service at the War Memorial, please note that the regulations are clear, “The public can only attend the event with their own household or those in their support bubble, or individually with one other person from outside their household” (further clarification is included elsewhere in the regulations).  The same rule will apply to all those actually involved in the service. 2 metre Social Distancing must be maintained by everyone at all times.

We are also required to take contact details for those attending, so there will be laminated “QR Codes” on display for those who have smartphones and have installed the NHS Track and Trace App, so they can record their attendance in this way.  Also there will be a box where you can deposit your contact details (simply a piece of paper with your name and either your phone number or your email address).  These will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed.

We will be broadcasting the service from the War Memorial in St Peter’s Churchyard on our Church Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/iverparishchurch) and we would warmly encourage you to watch this rather than attending in person. For those who have internet access but do not use Facebook, we will publish the URL link on our Website as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

God bless
Robert

Face coverings in Church are now “mandatory”

On Friday 31st July the Prime Minister announced: –

“We will also extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museum, galleries, cinemas, and places of worship. We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from 8 August.”

Thank you for your cooperation.

An update from Revd Robert Gooding

The Church is now open again with the 10am service also being broadcast on Facebook for those who do not yet feel ready to return to Church.  Many regular events remain suspended until further notice in order to protect everybody’s health as much as possible including Welcome Cafe, Tea Chat and Company, Food and Friends, Totzone, Cameo

We are still very much here for you to offer Pastoral and Spiritual support via telephone, email and even socially distanced visits (including Holy Communion at Home). Please contact us using the details at the bottom of this letter.

From Monday to Friday each week we will be streaming the set Common Worship service for Morning Prayer (9am) and Evening Prayer (5pm) using “Facebook Live” from our Church Facebook Page www.facebook.com/iverparishchurch.  (There will be no Evening Prayer from Tuesday 11th August to Tuesday 25th August inclusive)

The words for this service can be found online at www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

There are also Phone Apps for Android and iOS

We recognise that these are very worrying times for all of us, and so prayer becomes even more important. If you would like to share your prayer requests with me, please contact me using the details at the bottom of this letter.  If you leave a prayer request, we promise that we will bring it to God in prayer.

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ (Phil 4:6)

If we can be of any pastoral or spiritual help in these troubling times please contact me via phone 01753 652078 or email robert.gooding@iverparishchurch.org.uk

God bless you and keep you safe

Robert
Revd Robert Gooding – Vicar of Iver Parish

Jesus said:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

Revd Robert Gooding
Vicar of Iver Parish
Tel: 01753 652078
Mob: 07943 612205
Please note my usual day off is a Friday