Community and Covid
St Gregory's is fully involved in community initiatives in Marnhull
Participation in our village life
Community & COVID 19 Pandemic
The Church of England has provided ongoing and regularly updated advice and resources on a number of aspects of how church life can continue during the lockdown, this can be found www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
The church supports the Gillingham Food Bank gillingham.foodbank.org.uk especially needed in these times.
We are very glad to welcome regulars, friends and visitors and we pray you may know God’s peace and blessing in this historic place of prayer and worship.
We hope that everyone feels safe here and so the PCC have agreed to continue most existing covid safety measures, which will be reviewed on 22nd September to enable a gradual but definitive transition.
- Face covering required- unless medically exempt
- Use hand sanitiser on entry and exit
- One way system in and out.
- Sign Track and Trace list and/or QR code for NHS app on entry
- Seating is allocated with an X to allow for 1-2m distancing- please sit in family ‘bubbles’.
- During the week please place a card where you had been sitting as you leave.
- Toilet facilities are available.
- We will continue using the shortened Holy Communion service with distribution of bread only and from the chancel step in silence
- A hymn will be sung after the blessing at the 10am service (optional)
- Social time with coffee after the 10am service will be available in August. We ask that you sit down to drink and chat and keep a 1m distance.
- if you don’t feel ‘quite right’ please hold back from coming into church for now. Even fully vaccinated people can catch covid19 and have more mild ‘cold like’ symptoms.
Church is open every day 9am-4.30pm for personal prayer and reflection and Sunday services are at 8am and 10am
Those you find attending services at St Gregory’s are, naturally, a part of the local community, and you will find them supporting, and participating, in many of our splendid village clubs, associations and activities.
We are pleased to have shared with the other churches in Marnhull in setting up a scheme for welcoming new residents to the village, offering fellowship through a monthly lunch club, and providing lifts for those who need them to keep appointments etc. Originally Marnhull Church Care, this is now ‘owned’ by the community as a whole, is called Marnhull Village Care, and can be found through the following link :marnhull-village-care
Started by the Church too, and now expanded to provide a forum for the whole community, is the Marnhull Messenger, a monthly publication readily available in the churches and village shops in its printed edition, and at www.marnhullmessenger.org.uk in its online form.
St Gregory’s has a Facebook Page where Revd Gaenor posts thoughts and news for the week, www.facebook.com/stgregschurch. This web site provides information about the various activities and clubs in the village. Information on the village can also be found on the parish council web site marnhull-pc.org.uk
The Salisbury Diocese is linked with Sudan and St Gregory’s is kept up to date with their news, you can find out more on the web page here
St Gregory’s, through its clergy is always ready to respond to requests for a visit by those who are elderly or infirm or who for any other reason would like to see a representative from the Church. (Please see Home Page for details or click on the link)
St Gregory’s has started a Coffee, Cake and Company morning on Fridays, find out more here.