Holy Trinity church 1600x900Church in Church Q&A

Issue 3 - 2021-08-26

When will Church be in Church again?

From September to the end of 2021, Holy Trinity Ashby is going to have a new pattern of church services in our building, while continuing to offer all our Sunday services on Zoom.

In the building, from Sunday 5th September the 10:30 a.m. service will be weekly while at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. we will have two services a month.

The 8:30 a.m. service will be in the building (as well as on Zoom) on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. The 6:00 p.m. service will be in the building (and on Zoom) on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.

In-Person

A summary of the in-person services:

Sunday Services
1st 10:30am and 6:00pm
2nd 8:30am and 10:30am
3rd 10:30am and 6:00pm
4th 8:30am and 10:30am

Overview

Sunday 8:30am 10:30am 6:00pm
1st Zoom Only Zoom & Building Zoom & Building
2nd Zoom & Building Zoom & Building Zoom Only
3rd Zoom Only Zoom & Building Zoom & Building
4th Zoom & Building Zoom & Building Zoom Only

Do I have to sign up?

No. We do not anticipate you needing to sign up for services.

Where will I sit?

We are going to ask people who come wearing a mask to sit on the pulpit side of the church. We are going to invite those who come not wearing masks to sit on the eagle-lectern side of the church.

If you sit on the pulpit side of the church, please sit socially distanced from other household bubbles.

If you sit on the eagle-lectern side of the church, please be sensitive to others, in deciding where you sit.

What about Zoom?

You can still attend each of our Sunday worship services via Zoom, at 8:30am, 10:30am and 6:00pm, using the Holy Trinity Ashby (Main) Zoom link.

What if I'm on a rota?

If you are on a rota you can contribute to the service via Zoom in the (now) familiar way.

If the service is in the building, you can still join us on Zoom and make your contribution to the service.

If you choose to be in the building (for one of the services listed above) you can read the bible, or lead intercessions from the building. If you choose to come to the building, please let us know, either by email to office@trinityashby.net or to the service leader at least 15 minutes before the service starts.

For the other rota duties (music, leading services) we will be having personal conversations with those involved.

Will I have to wear a mask?

No.

You are free to choose to not wear a mask. Please be sensitive to how much space others want. If someone is wearing a mask, please give them plenty of 'social distance'.

If you do not wear a mask, we will invite you sit on the eagle-lectern side of the church, with others who are not wearing masks.

Can I wear a mask?

Yes.

If you decide to join us in the church building you can wear a mask and keep a social distance from others.

If you wear a mask, we will invite you to sit on the pulpit side of the church, and to sit with 2m between you and other household-bubbles.

Will the services be longer?

We are planning on keeping the same format, content and duration of our services, as we have found this to work well for using Zoom.

Why not all three services?

On Tuesday 24 August, Tim Phillips (our vicar) in consultation with the church council took the decision to only have two services in the church building each week. 

Taking this decision also means that we are able to avoid putting our volunteers under pressure to attend 'Church in Church' for services, when they have reasons to not do so or feel uncertain about joining us.

We want all of us to feel free to make week-by-week choices (and to keep changing those decisions) based on the factors most relevant to us.

Can we sing?

Yes, if you feel you would like to sing, you are welcome to do so.

What about Holy Communion?

We will continue to have Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sunday's at the 8:30am service on Zoom.

The first Sunday when we might have communion in the building is Sunday 12 September at the 8:30am service. We will say more about this in the weeks ahead.

What about Tea & Coffee?

We are not planning to offer tea, coffee and biscuits during July and August.

Bottles of water will be available.

What about Social Distancing?

This is going to be an interesting time of 'finding our way' both as a church and a country.

Please be sensitive to others and if you notice them increasing their social distance, please avoid unconsciously 'closing the gap'.

If people are wearing masks, please be particularly careful to keep 2m between you and them.

Can I contribute from home?

Yes, you can contribute to the service via Zoom.

For the services that are also in the building, those reading the bible, leading prayers (or even the service) will appear on the screen in church, with their voices coming through the sound system.

If you want to come to the building to read the bible or to pray, you are welcome to do so.

What about the rota's

We will presume that you are going to serve your duties on Zoom, unless you tell us otherwise. Please find the service leader 15 minutes before the start of the service, if you choose to read or lead prayers from the building.

Please feel free to change your mind, on a week-by-week basis.

What about Small Groups?

For small groups, we are going to leave those decisions to the groups themselves. If you have the care of a church group and would like to book the church building (after restrictions are lifted), please contact Emma Harris on office@trinityashby.net