Fr Jeremy writes:
Amidst so much difficult news, I am sure you were all as pleased as I was to hear that we are to be allowed to open our churches once again. The Church of England is blessed with a wonderful architectural heritage, which is the worship of our forebears in brick and stone, hallowed by the generations of prayers and the holy mysteries that have been offered within them. To be able to open them again is a gift that we can give to our communities. We do however need to be mindful that there is still a good deal of Covid-19 about. For this reason, and because the footfall at each location is likely to be very different, our two parishes will for the time being at least have different opening hours.
St Mary’s will be open:
Sundays from 10.30am-3:30pm
Wednesdays from 10am-3:30pm
St Nicholas Remenham will be open every day, roughly during normal working hours.
We would encourage any visitors to follow the advice available. Please wear a face covering at all times, use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and on leaving church, use the anti-bac wipes provided to sanitise the pew / seat you use before you leave. Thank you for your co-operation.
We also need to be mindful of a few points. First, our churches are to open for private prayer. There will be no public worship – yet. Please don’t arrange to meet with friends or groups in church. Second, the over-70s and others at particular risk are not encouraged to come to church. Third, please observe social distancing of 2 metres in church at all times. Fourth, hand sanitizer will be available – please use it, and please also avoid touching things. Finally, you may wish to wear a face mask or other appropriate covering.