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From Palm Sunday the church will again be open for worship. Services are bookable (see other posts about Easter Services) If you do book please take into account the following:
In order to keep everyone as safe as possible we ask you:-
- To arrive in the 10 minutes prior to the service starting This is important to ensure that the necessary preparations have been completed and the cleaning undertaken between the 2 services. It also reduces the temptation to socialise with others whilst within the building
- To remember your face mask / covering – It is required that face coverings are worn in places of worship, and this is not instead of keeping a social distance from others, it is in addition to
- To enter by the West (Main) Door, if at all possible – there is a sign at the door explaining what to do otherwise
- To leave directly after the service, by the North (Side) Door – we cannot linger and socialise
- To sanitise your hands on entrance & exit
- To only sit in the designated seats (these will be made clear to you), which will mean apart from others unless in the same household/bubble, and to remain seated throughout
- To adhere to social-distancing, and keep to the one-way signage through the building
- To take the service sheet home with you – we cannot re-use them
- To hold your hands out from your body to receive Communion so the wafer can be placed into the palm of your hand without any ‘touching’ being involved – remove your face mask / covering – at this point – safely i.e. only touching the straps
- There will be no singing or moving around of the congregation during the service, no physical sharing of the Peace and no socialising before / after.
- Communion will be administered to people in their seats, and in one kind only – i.e. the bread/wafer.
The Priest will suitably sanitise hands before the service and again directly before presiding and before and after administering, and will wear a face shield for presiding / administering.
St James’ Church is a community of Christian faith where together
we seek to be people of prayer, faith and compassion.
We do so trusting in the God we have come to know in Jesus Christ,
and whose love is faithful in all times and all circumstances.
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
With Love & Prayers – Rev’d Carolyn
Help if you have to stay at home:– If you are, or someone you know is self-isolating and you / they do not have friends or family who live locally who can help, you can get help from Voluntary Action Leeds If you need help phone 0113 378 1877
If you wish to become a Volunteer wish Voluntary Action Leeds – to assist in our community. You can register on line or phone to speak with someone. By registering LCC have systems to ensure that volunteering is done as safely as possible – both for the volunteer and those receiving help. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 297 7920
You can find out more on Leeds City Council website following links under ‘Coronavirus: Find out what you need to know….’
HELP FOR OUR FOODBANKS & PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM:-
Through our church and school we have traditionally been generous in supporting our local foodbank and those who rely upon it. For some, this is more vital than ever. This foodbank (run from St Richard’s, Seacroft) is still functioning, as well as there being further systems in place to help the most vulnerable at other times. Obviously this good work still needs to be resourced. As we no longer have an open church building to act as a ‘drop off ‘ point for any food donations, if you would like to ‘drop off’ some food (after your own shopping or during a ‘daily exercise route’) at my address, then please contact me (on 0113 264 2685) to make an arrangement. I will ensure that any food donations received, reached their intended destination. Thank you – Rev’d Carolyn