We are now able to provide a limited programme of Sunday worship as shown below.
Following permissions from the Government and from the Bishop, we are pleased to announce that we are able to open St Mary’s Church for individual private prayer, and for the following limited services. For a full list of services at St Helen’s church in Berrick Salome please visit their website at https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/34/
Wednesday morning Communion
On the Wednesdays following the first and third Sundays of each month there will be a short Book of Common Prayer Communion service from 11.00am to 11.30am. On those days there will be no private prayer sessions. Please note the regulations listed under Sunday Worship below.
The Church will be open for individual prayer between 12 noon and 5pm and again between 7 and 8 pm on Wednesdays, except for the Wednesdays following the first and third Sundays of each month (see above). For reasons of risk management, we have been required to put in place a one-way system through the church, so entry is via the South Door only.
Please do come, say a prayer, whether of thanks or for the departed or for anyone you know who is in need.
For those of you able to join us worship will be slightly different from the way you remember it. In summary:
• We are not yet permitted to sing.
• We are following a 30-30 rule: Services will conclude in 30 minutes, and the building can host no more than 30 socially-distanced individuals (assuming that some of those attending are in groups of 2 of more). In the event that more people turn up than we can currently host, we will add a second short service after the building has been aired for 15 minutes and seats have been wiped down with anti-viral cleaner.
• In line with government advice, we are obliged to ask worshippers to use face coverings and the hand sanitiser, and to sign in, either on a register sheet or via the NHS Covid-19 app using the church’s QR Code.
For each month:
on the 1st Sunday of the month, there will be an online service of all-age family worship, but no service in church. Readings, a sermon and prayers will also be available online;
on the 2nd Sunday of the month, at 10am there will be a service using the Methodist Worship Book, presided over by Revd John Anderson;
on the 3rd Sunday of the month, there will be no service in church, but visit St Helen’s website and our YouTube channel for details of other services in the Benefice;
on the 4th Sunday of the month, at 10am there will be a service of Holy Communion using the Anglican Common Worship Book, presided over by Fr Michael Lakey. Readings, a sermon and prayers will also be available online;
if there is a 5th Sunday in the month, at 10am there will be a Benefice service of Holy Communion at St Helen’s church in Berrick Salome. Readings, a sermon and prayers will also be available online.
For those of you who are online, Fr Michael has set up a YouTube live feed to broadcast Daily Prayer services of Morning Prayer and evening Compline on behalf of the benefice. Those of you with Sky, Amazon Prime, or a Smart TV and an internet connection ought to be able to watch these on your televisions.
On Sundays we will continue to provide online worship resources to those who must continue to shield, or who are not yet ready to venture out. When there is no service in church on a Sunday please check the YouTube channel.
The address is below