Worship “in-person”

We can now publicise the “in-person” services for June and July in our three churches. We hope that you will be encouraged by the way we are continuing to open up and that the move back to morning worship might feel more familiar. As ever, we will all have different feelings about when we feel it is right to return to worshipping in the buildings. We do not expect that everyone will come back all at once. Some of us have been coming week by week for some months now, others of us are beginning to come back after receiving second vaccinations, and still others are waiting a bit longer. However you feel, it is OK. There is no pressure on anyone. If you haven’t been in person yet, you might like to know that we are continuing to take health and safety very seriously in the way we conduct services and people are sitting well apart with cleaning before and after (Big thanks to Sue!).

We will continue with the usual health and safety protocols until we are told otherwise by the government or church authorities, so booking is through the web site or by phoning Andy and Penny Pedley on 01865 701928. Some services at St Mary’s will now involve a small choir of 6 and in all our churches we are now able to enjoy singing together outside at the beginning and / or end of services subject to the great British weather of course!

Our main Sunday morning services are at 10am (including St John’s) and the online service also remains at 10am so there is plenty going on all at the same time. From July, we  will also be re-introducing the Sunday 8am Holy Communion using traditional language at St Mary’s Kidlington. This is for a trial period to be reviewed by the PCC at the end of the summer.

A number of early evening services are also planned for St Mary’s Kidlington – Choral Evensong inside, or worship with longer periods of congregational singing outside (so only when the weather is kind to us). 

For details and bookings just click here.

We would like to be able to run the usual more creative services at Hampton Poyle like the Rogation Walk where we bless the village, the summer Pet Service, and Songs of Praise but these are not possible right now (worship has to be on church grounds only, no processions, and no indoor singing). If the rules permit these we might well change some service formats in July so watch this space! As we don’t yet have any volunteers to help plan Open Space services at St Mary’s we will hold these in abeyance at the moment while we concentrate on re-grouping and seeing ‘where we are’ over the summer.