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Current COVID-19 Regulations for Communal Worship

Finally, it's a blessing to see a return to the church pews, albeit in a socially distanced and limited number kind of way.  Below you may see the current government guidance and regulations concerning the staged return to communal worship across England.  (Other areas may differ, so please check for your own area before planning to attend a mass/service beforehand)

Step 1

From 8 March and for the remainder of Step 1, places of worship in England may open for the following purposes:

 

General 

This version of the guidance on the conduct of public worship applies to step 1 of the Governments 4 step programme for coming out of lockdown. Further versions will be available as further steps are taken.

Wearing of face coverings by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers and worshippers, where there may be other people present is mandatory. There are exemptions to this, including for those leading a service.

 

Worship

There is an exemption from the Government’s gathering limits that covers places of worship making it possible for more people to gather for acts of communal worship. There is no numerical limit on other communal worship services, subject to physical distancing and Public Health requirements being met.2 Version 3.1 issued 31st March 2021

 

The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for communal worship except in situations where closer contact cannot be avoided; extra Public Health precautions must then be taken.

 

Consideration should be given to keeping numbers below the permitted maximum to further minimise risk.

 

While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending public worship, a decision to do so is theirs alone.

 

Detailed instructions on ‘consumables’ suggest that services of Holy Communion can be held if specific guidance is followed, including the continued suspension of the Common Cup.

 

Public worship guidance includes surrounding grounds (including churchyards, car parks and courtyards); meetings in other places should follow other guidance for people meeting in public spaces.

 

Refreshments are not permitted to be served in places of worship unless for take-away or delivery.

 

Festivals and Life Events

Following discussions with government, the advice is that a service to mark a ‘significant date in the Faith calendar’ can happen with attendance up to the Covid safe capacity of the building even though it is not a regular weekly or monthly service. This means that annual celebrations or commemorations or services to mark special dates can go ahead.

 

Government guidance permits a maximum of 30 people to attend church premises for a funeral. Small weddings with up to 6 people in attendance can also go ahead from the 29th March. This is subject to the church carrying out a risk assessment and taking all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of coronavirus. All other life event services, such as baptisms, ordinations and confirmations, are subject to the same rules as normal public worship in determining the attendance limit. Singing

 

From the 28th March indoors: a single small group of singers will be allowed to perform, or rehearse for performance, only where essential to an act of communal worship. This should be limited to as few singers as possible. Communal singing should not take place and strict physical distancing should be observed.

 

From the 28th March outdoors: when communal worship takes place in the grounds or the outside space of a place of worship, the congregation may join in with singing, and should follow the principles set out in the Performing Arts guidance. This includes ensuring that congregation members follow physical distancing rules. Social contact limits apply, meaning that households, support bubbles or groups of 2 must not mingle. Communal singing in other public open spaces should not take place. From the 29th March the new social contact limits apply, meaning the Rule of 6 applies unless all involved are from the same household or 2 linked households.3 Version 3.1 issued 31st March 2021 Track and Trace

 

Government guidance includes a request for names of attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required

Funerals

Funerals must have no more than 30 people.  Anyone working is not included as part of the 30 person limit.

 

Commemorative events to celebrate the life of a person who has died

These are events which commemorate or mark the deceased’s passing. Examples include the scattering of ashes and stone setting ceremonies. Such events must have no more than 6 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included as part of the 6 person limit. These limits on attendance do not typically apply to communal worship services, where prayers for the deceased may be said.

 

Significant life cycle events, outside of marriage ceremonies and funerals

Where such events are an element of communal worship they may continue, but they are subject to the requirements for communal worship set out above.

 

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. Please refer to the guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

 

Broadcasting or filming an act of worship

Attending a place of worship for broadcasting or filming an act of worship is permitted but should only involve those people working or volunteering who are essential for the content of the service, and for technical support to enable people to watch and worship online or via a television or radio.

 

If musicians or singers usually form part of the act of worship that is being broadcast, they may participate. The numbers or people involved should be kept as small as possible to minimise risks and participants should follow social distancing guidance.  Weddings, wakes, private baptisms, naming ceremonies and stone setting ceremonies.  Wedding receptions can also proceed with up to 30 people

 

From Step 2 - no earlier than 12 April

Funerals remain limited to 30 people.  Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and wedding receptions and wakes are limited to 15 people

 

From Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May

Up to 6 people, or two households, can gather indoors.  Most significant life cycle events can resume, limited to no more than 30 people. This will include events such as weddings, wakes, private baptisms, naming ceremonies and stone setting ceremonies.  Wedding receptions can also proceed with up to 30 people

 

Step 4 - no earlier than 21 June

At Step 4, the government aims to remove all limits on life cycle events and other gatherings. This will be subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme, which will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events of larger sizes.

YouTube Channel

As well as our Facebook page platform, we now have introduced a new YouTube channel so please visit the channel, like, subscribe and share,

We will be adding new videos to the channel every month containing new products, notification of upcoming events in the liturgical calendar as well as news and items of interest,.

BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE in order to keep up to date with all that is being published
 

Epiphany 2021

In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. It is sometimes called Three Kings' Day, and in some traditions celebrated as Little Christmas. Moreover, the feast of the Epiphany, in some denominations, also initiates the liturgical season of Epiphanytide.

Eastern Christians, on the other hand, commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. The spot marked by Qasr el Yahud in the West Bank, and Al-Maghtas in Jordan on the east bank, is considered to be the original site of the baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist.
 

The traditional date for the feast is January 6. However, since 1970, the celebration is held in some countries on the Sunday after January 1. Those Eastern Churches which are still following the Julian calendar observe the feast on what, according to the internationally used Gregorian calendar, is January 19, because of the current 13-day difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

 

In many Western Christian Churches, the eve of the feast is celebrated as Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve).The Monday after Epiphany is known as Plough Monday.
 

New Year 2021

May we take this opportunity to wish all of our customers past and present as well as all site visitors a healthy and Happy New Year.  2020 was a difficult year for most people with the pandemic, which is still upon us, and we wish you all safety and good health as we begin 2021.

 

Thank you for your much valued support over this past year and we shall see you all from 4th January onwards, where business shall resume, although in a different way, as experienced by most.

Pax et Bonum +

Christmas Opening Hours

Please see below the opening hours over the festive period.

24th December (Christmas Eve)  -  Open 9am to 4pm

25th December (Christmas Day)  -  Closed

26th December (Boxing Day)  -  Closed

27th-28th December  -  Closed

29th December  -  Open 9am to 5pm

30th December  -  Open 9am to 5pm

31st December (New Year's Eve)  -  Closed

1st January 2021 (New Year's Day  -  Closed

2nd January  -  Closed

3rd January  -  Closed

4th January onwards  -  Open as usual 9am to 6pm

Email contact is still available throughout the holiday period and we will be glad to answer your enquiries when the office and workshop are closed.

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Advent 2020

Advent 2020 starts on Sunday, November 29, 2020 and ends on Thursday, December 24th 2020

Advent is the name of the season in which Christians prepare for the celebration that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin phrase "Adventus Domini", meaning arrival of the Lord.

The Advent season is of variable length, and the start date changes every year. It starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day (also known as Advent Sunday and First Sunday of Advent), which can fall between November 27 and December 3, and always ends on Christmas Eve.

Common customs observed in churches and at home during Advent are the decoration of the house with an Advent wreath adorned with candles and the keeping of an Advent calendar.

We have all the products you will need for the Season of Advent, both for church and for home.  See our Advent pages for a range of products now and get your Advent order placed for quick delivery.

Website upgrade


Over the past months we have been working on this upgraded version of our website, having used and relied on the previous version for over 11 years.

This new site sees and increase in the number of products and options available, newly added products, reduced pricing to some items as well as a better browsing experience altogether.

You will also notice a better browsing and shopping experience.

You will see many changes in our newly designed website including:

 

Visual Appeal

A better reflection of our organisation. A more professional site that is loaded with useful information.  This new site highlights our products and services better and the layout looks harmonious and consistent.

 

Responsive & Mobile Friendly

The UK is now a smartphone society. We are all spending two hours online on our smartphones every day; twice as long as laptops and PCs. If you factor that fact with Google’s April 21st 2015 mobile-friendly, our website provides a better platform for mobile browsing with a responsive design.

This new design platform allows our website to flex and adapt to the size of the screen it’s being viewed on. Someone opening our site on a small smartphone could be shown on the same site as the person opening it on their laptop etc.

 

Technique & Coding

Our website is browser compatible and our source code valid (HTML and CSS)

Images

You will see a range of new photos depicting our products and services as well as attractive and often interactive backgrounds.

The images accurately reflect the business message

So we hope that you enjoy browsing this new platform and find what you require with ease

Please note that you may need to adjust your screen viewing % settings to get the best viewing results - 80% seems to be the usual for most PC screens to view the site to full potential.

Thank you for visiting!

 

NEW PRIESTS ORDAINED AT ST ASAPH CATHEDRAL

The Bishop of St Asaph has ordained nine new priests in a closed service at St Asaph Cathedral on 3rd October 2020.  North East Church Supplies were delighted to supply the vestments for one of the ordinands.

 

The service, which was live streamed to family, friends, and clergy, was conducted wearing face masks and visors and adhering to strict social distancing.

 

Plans to permit each candidate to bring three “supporters” to the service had to be abandoned after the Welsh Government announced a local lockdown in four counties across north Wales (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham).

 

Among the newly ordained was The Rev James Tout.  James has been a valued customer of ours and, ahead of his Priestly Ordination, purchased a full set of Semi Gothic, velvet Y orphrey, damask chasubles.  He can be seen here wearing the cream damask set for ordination.

 

James, 32, the former Director of Science and Associate Assistant Headteacher at the Marches School in Oswestry, now Director of the Llan Project in Bangor Diocese, is continuing to serve as assistant curate in the Wrexham Mission Area

 

Our congratulations and prayers are with James for a fulfilling ministry and our sincere thanks for your business and continued support +