Reopening after lockdown
In line with the government's easing of lockdown on 19 July 2021, we have revised some of our guidelines for worship at Bishop Ridley Church. Some things will continue to be a bit different, but we would love to see you. We also want every one to feel as comfortable as possible so please continue with any precautions you feel are necessary.
Sunday Services will be at 9am and 10.30am.
In line with government guidelines, please do not come to the church - or leave home - if you or someone you live with has any of the following:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
For the safety of everyone, we will continue with our enhanced cleaning regimes. Hand sanitiser will continue to be available at the church.
Upon arrival at church, you will be greeted by one of our welcome team. Please speak to them if you have any concerns or queries. If you would like to continue social distancing please take two 'please do not sit here' sheets on the welcome table when you come into church then place them on the seats either side of you in church. This will indicate to others not to sit near you.
Other Changes you will notice...
Music - we will continue to play recorded worship music however you are now invited to stand and quietly sing your praise.
Bibles - Bible readings will be available on the projector screen. If you wish to use a Bible, we encourage you to bring your own rather as communal ones will not be available.
Paper - there won't be any printed orders of service, everything will be on the screen. We also won't be giving out news sheets.
Holy Communion - only wafers will be administered. Each person receiving communion will be given a wafer which Rev Mark will have dipped into the Common Cup using tweezers. Rev Mark will still give a blessing to anyone who wishes to receive it.
Offering - we are grateful for any donations, we will continue to run on a cashless basis for the present. Therefore, we encourage donations by standing order, direct transfer, online payment, card reader in the entrance hall or cheque.
Prayer Ministry - unfortunately we can't do this in our usual way instead, please speak to Rev Mark if you would like prayer after the service.
We look forward to the day when we won't have to observe such measures, but in the meantime, ask for your patience as we seek to 'unlock' the church in a way that is as safe as possible for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wear a face mask?
Face masks are no longer required. However if you would like to continue wearing one, please feel free.
Can I use toilet while at church?
Yes, the toilets will be open.
Are children allowed in the church?
We warmly welcome all children and young people, they are part of the worshipping body of Christ. However, please also be aware that children's activities are no longer weekly. Please see the church calendar for the dates of the next Sunday Club.
I’m unable to leave my home because of Covid-19 symptoms, I am isolating and/or I am shielding, what other options are there for me to pray or join in with church?
God hears our prayers where ever we are and always loves to hear us share what is on our minds and hearts with him. We would also be happy to pray for you. Please send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are online services available on the St John's Welling website at www.stjohnswelling.org.uk and also on the Church of England website at www.churchofengland.org. You can also call the Church of England's 'Daily Hope' freephone line of hymns, reflections & prayers on 0800 804 8044.
I need assistance or prayer can Bishop Ridley Church help me?
Yes, we are still offering practical support please contact us on email@example.com. Please send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.