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 What’s Happening Now that Restrictions are Lifted?

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With the easing of the restrictions, we have made some changes to the services, to continue to do what we can to keep each other safe and well, while acknowledging the relaxation of the restrictions.

We no longer require bookings for Sunday or Wednesday services at this time.
We will leave the QR codes up in church should you wish to use them on the NHS Test & Trace app.  You can also leave your name with the steward if you want to.  We will keep any names supplied for 21 days.
 
We will continue to ask you to sanitise your hands when you enter the building and of course, if you have symptoms of covid or have been in contact with someone who has, you should not come to church.  The church will continue to be cleaned to the high standards we had, even before Lockdown, with some additional measures besides.
 
While masks and social distancing are no longer mandatory, we ask that conduct yourselves in love towards those who do not do as you do.  
 
Whether you are wearing a mask or not, please be mindful of the feelings of others. 
Some people will continue to wear masks and prefer to keep their distance.  Please respect their choices.  
Some people will choose not to wear a mask.  Please respect their choices.   
We don’t know everyone’s fears or feelings, but we do know this:
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
 
We are going to have seating in church designated for those who are wearing masks and those who are not, so that everyone feels comfortable. We will also have cards to use which say 
Please keep this space free as I am social distancing” for anyone who wishes to maintain this distant
 
With these measures in place, singing can now resume for all present. 
 
We ask that when the service ends, if you’re chatting, please make sure you keep aisles free so people wishing to social distance can do so. 
 
If you have particular concerns or anxieties, please contact the office and we will do our best to help.

Streaming
We will continue to stream both services on Sunday. You can use the link below to visit our YouTube channel.

Dial-in Worship 

If you know someone who struggles with YouTube, we’re still running our Dial-in Worship service. Dial 01489 665885 for a recording of this week’s bible reading and talk (updated every Monday by lunchtime).  There is no additional charge for this, other than the cost your telephone provider charges for a call to a landline.

Youth & Children
Children’s groups run alongside the 11am service on Sunday and during the week. For details click here
For more information about any of our children and young people’s groups, please contact hazel@sjlh.org.uk

Not just on Sundays…

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Prayer

Even though we are limited in how we can get together at present, we are always able to pray.  Centred around prayer, there are activites and creative ideas which we invite you to get involved with. You can get involved with these or view our list of current prayer points to help you as you pray.

You can find out more information about prayer at St John’s Locks Heath by clicking here.

Dial-in-worship

Call 01489 665 885 for a recording of our Sunday reading and talk. It’s updated as soon as possible after live services. Standard rate call charges may apply – check with your phone provider.

You can also listen again to past sermons.

Help and support

Can we help? If you, or someone you know, is self-isolating, needs a helping hand or would just appreciate a friendly phone call from time to time, we’d love to help. Contact the church at office@sjlh.org.uk or leave a message on 01489 578082.

Other resources from our friends and partners

From the Diocese of Portsmouth, daily prayer, and a weekly service led by the Bishop of Portsmouth, Christopher Foster. You can find out more here.

Prayer for the Day from the Church of England is available here.

‘Time to Pray’ app and podcast from the Church of England is available here.

From the BBC, the Daily Service is available here.

The Church of England YouTube Channel available here.

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