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.
CURRENT COVID SAFETY MEASURES
After another 3 months of closure to public worship due to the pandemic, we are very pleased to resume our services on Palm Sunday 28th March 2021.
We have health and safety measures in place, which we ask you to please observe including:
- different entrance and exit with use of hand sanitiser
- face covering is compulsory unless medically exempt
- seating is allocated to allow for 2m social distancing- please sit by the space marked X
- we will be distributing Holy Communion in bread form only and from the chancel step in silence
- please observe the 2m spaced red bows on the aisles as you come to receive Communion
– please refrain from handshaking in church
- please bring your own Bible to services
– we will need to note your presence for ‘track and trace’
– there will not be sung hymns at 10am but there will be music to enjoy during the service.
– we ask you not to linger to chat inside church after the service- but you can outside.
– coffee won’t be served but we will meet on Zoom at 11.15am. Please ask for details.
- if you don’t feel ‘quite right’ please hold back from coming to church for now.
- We remain open on Wednesdays for private prayer 9am-11am with Morning Prayer at 9am
- If you would like someone to pray for you or a loved one please contact Revd Gaenor 01258 821605 or email@example.com
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)
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY IN COVID
On Sunday 31st January at 12 midday we rang our single bell a hundred times as our way of remembering, mourning and praying for each of the one hundred thousand people who have died in the UK from the covid 19 pandemic.
We helped to distribute over 30 refurbished laptops and tablets to local families from both village schools to assist with homeschooling.
We distributed nearly 200 smiley badges donated through the POPPin Cafe to both village schools as the children returned back from homeschooling
We distributed around 300 posies of spring flowers to both village schools and to the wider community for Mothering Sunday.