Information point including provision in the pandemic
About St Gregory's church
St Gregory's is a church that believes in Jesus Christ, a church that loves God and people.
St Gregory's is a traditional Anglican Christian church that has served the village community of Marnhull for many centuries and we welcome you here today.
Keeping up to date
You can find current ideas, resources and information on this website and on our main church Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stgregschurch
And for children and families on our Tea Service Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stgregstea
At this time of global pandemic we are offering prayer and support for one another through pastoral telephone contact and more recently with pastoral visits indoors.
Please inform Revd Gaenor if you would like to be contacted 01258 821605 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also fully supportive of the volunteer led Marnhull Village Care.
Coronavirus affecting our church life.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many changes to our church life together as well as bring its challenges.
Public Worship (updated May 2021)
We have resumed all our church services within covid health and safety guidelines.
We will be stopping our short act of worship on our Facebook page at 10am on Sunday using the worship resources for the day at the end of May and exploring what may replace it on social media.
We continue to keep our fellowship and social contact via Zoom at 11.30am for coffee. See Our Sunday Service page for Zoom access details.
We continue to open the church for private prayer on a Sunday 2-4pm and Wednesday 9-11am.
Under current government and national church guidance we ask that you would kindly help us to be able to SAFELY keep it open by:
- ENTERING CHURCH ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY SELF ISOLATING OR SHIELDING AND DON’T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS.
- PLEASE USE THE HAND SANITISER PROVIDED AS YOU ENTER AND AS YOU LEAVE.
- PLEASE KEEP TO MARKED OUT SPACES (2m/6 ft 6″ APART) UNLESS YOU ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSEHOLD.
- THE TOILET AND KITCHEN AREAS ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO USE.
- PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU AND DON’T LET THEM RUN AROUND.
- PLEASE INFORM OUR CHURCH VOLUNTEER IF YOU SUDDENLY FEEL UNWELL.
- PLEASE SIGN IN YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR OUR TRACK AND TRACE RECORDS-OR USE THE CHURCH QR CODE ON ENTRY
Weddings, baptisms and funerals
Inevitably these services have been radically affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Weddings, baptisms and funerals mark important transition moments in people’s lives, and as such are public and open occasions. Culturally we gather as family, friends and community to support people in these times of joy and sadness. Things are different for now:
In accordance with current Government instructions weddings can take place with 30 guests.Families need to provide a list of guests for our track and trace system (which is kept for 21 days).
There is also a new way of certifying the marriage which means that the previous moment of ‘signing the registers’ will be shorter.
In accordance with Government instructions baptisms can take place within our usual Sunday 10am service and numbers of guests are affected by socially distanced space in church- which is 60 spaces.The baptism family will need to provide a list of guests for our track and trace system (which is kept for 21 days).
Funerals can take place for up to 60 people socially distanced and families need to provide a list of guests for track and trace (which is kept for 21 days).
Everyone attending a graveside service must adhere to Government guidance on social distancing. Please follow the directions of the officiant if you are attending a service.
While naturally those present may wish to shake hands or hug, all present should refrain from doing so in light of guidance on physical distancing.
The church recognises how hard this is for families to bear and will work with you to find the best ways in the days round the funeral to connect with family and friends.
If you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are acutely aware of what a difficult time this will be. We will do our best to explain any changes or delays which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions but we are here to support you and to ensure a Christian funeral and burial can still be provided.
There is also the option of a memorial service of thanksgiving for your loved one that can be given when the current restrictions on gathering are fully lifted.
Please speak to Revd Gaenor if you would like to talk about any of these matters.
National support during the pandemic
Please look at www.churchofengland.org for plenty of worship and prayer resources.
Daily Hope. A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections 24 hours a day while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus received more than 6,000 calls in the first 48 hours.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched Daily Hope as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes, during the lockdown period.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services in mind.
Callers to the line hear a short greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.
The weekly online service is available from 9am each Sunday and this, as well as the full range of national resources, can be accessed on the church online page. This is all provided by the Church of England Communications team.
There are other worship and prayer resources via the Diocesan website www.salisbury.anglican.org and the diocesan Facebook page.