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Lifting of restrictions at KCM. (A formal letter containing this information will be circulated today) “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12: 9-13) We haven’t been away, but now we’re back! From This Sunday you can: Sit with you family and friends, Sing with the choir, Join us for refreshments, and still keep safe! We would love to see you in church on Sunday, but if you’d prefer you can still join us on Facebook. Dear Friends, Since the easing of the first lockdown in July 2020 I have written several times that coming out of restrictions would inevitably be harder than locking down the church in the first instance. For the past twelve months the decisions regarding best practice have been guided by legislation and strict church guidelines. Following the government’s decision to end all legal restriction on Monday the 19th, we all find ourselves in the trickiest place to date. Furthermore, over the past twelve months the advice has been for incumbents/Priests-in-Charge to work collaboratively with their PCCs to finalise the practices of individual parish churches. In the most recent guidance published on Friday the 16th July by the national church, the emphasis on who makes the decisions has shifted towards the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge making these decisions solely on their own. The argument used is that each parish priest is well positioned in knowing their church context. There may be some truth in this, however I strongly believe that our church belongs to us as a united body and not an individual person. As St Paul writes “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free— and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians12:12-13) With this in mind it must be acknowledged that the advice offered here is not subject to legal legislation, as it has been in the past, and is therefore not mandatory and cannot be enforced. We do however have a responsibility as equal members of the one body of our church family to protect, love and respect the health and wellbeing of all our members, regardless of our own personal perspectives on the pandemic and practices such as the wearing of face coverings and the sharing of the common cup. We are being advised to proceed with caution by both the government and the national Church of England. Finding a balance between easing restrictions in such a way as to allow church to appear more ‘normal’ and continuing to protect the health of all our members will never be satisfactory to all. I therefore pray that the proposals put forth here will be received with understanding and patience. As time passes we will have an opportunity to review all suggested measures offered here. For now let us pray together that one day we will be free to worship in a way we were used to before the pandemic began. Please see below for full details. With my love, Prayers and best wishes. Rev Laurence Powell (Vicar of KCM) Track and Trace The only mandatory requirement of places of worship is to continue with track and trace. Rules have now been eased meaning that scanning the QR code via the NHS Covid-19 app is sufficient for acts of worship. This was not the case before - it was a legal requirement to have written track and trace forms. For those who do not have the NHS app the completion of a track and trace form is still required. There will be small cards with the QR code in the pews so there will be no need to queue at the entrance to scan. Anyone entering or leaving the church when the church is closed will still need to sign the visitors book or use the QR code. Social Distancing We have now removed all ropes and reserved seating markers from the central section of the church. In this area you may sit where you wish and sit alongside friends if they are comfortable for you to do so. Provision has been made in the pews underneath the galleries (with the exception of the new children’s corner) for those who wish to continue observing social distancing. The galleries are also reserved for those who wish to observe social distancing. Face Coverings The government, scientists and national Church of England strongly advise that face coverings be worn in any enclosed crowded space. Therefore we advocate the wearing of face coverings during any act of worship and especially at the main 10am Sunday service. If you really object to wearing a face coving or have always been exempt from doing so due to a medical condition then we ask that you sit in the central section of the church and distance yourself from others who may feel uncomfortable. Unless exempt, please show due courtesy to others in the building by wearing a face covering when entering and leaving the church and hall buildings and please do not approach someone in either building without wearing a face covering. If you do not wish to wear a face covering it would be good practice to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken in the hours preceding the service to a member of the clergy, a churchwarden or a sides person when entering the building. Children under the age of 11 continue to be exempt from wearing a face covering and do not need to wear one. Church Watch A screen is provided to protect the church watch team from members of the public. It is up to the members of the team to decide if they wish to continue wearing face coverings during their time period. As the number of visitors entering the church at one time is fairly low and the building is well ventilated during church watch hours we do not feel it is necessary for visitors to wear face coverings. Large groups such as the blue badge guided tours should however be encouraged to wear face coverings . The Church Watch area has recently been reorganised as we are in the process of moving the sound desk and live-streaming equipment into this area for various practical reasons. Singing Congregational singing is now permitted in churches. You are now very welcome to sing. We encourage the wearing a face covering unless you are in the choir. The choir will continue to observe social distancing to protect its members and the congregation. Holy Communion and the Common Cup (sharing the chalice) We will continue to receive communion at the chancel step. A warden or sides person will indicate when you should go up to receive. The latest guidance from the government has permitted the sharing of the common cup. However, for obvious hygiene reasons this is strongly advised against by the national Church of England guidance and few, if indeed any, churches will be returning to the practice at present. We will continue to review the practice in the Autumn. Receiving communion in one kind has always been a valid way of receiving Holy Communion. Collections Collection bags will not be passed along the aisles. For those wishing to contribute financially to the church there is a plate at the exit door and the contactless giving machine is available. Pink envelopes for those who which to use the gift aid scheme are available in the pews. After Church refreshments. Given the space restrictions inside the church, refreshments following the 8am service will still not be available. However many members of this congregation do purchase coffee from the shop on the common and you are always welcome to join them. From this Sunday we will restart refreshments in the church hall following the 10am service. The hall will be zoned into socially-distanced and non-socially- distanced spaces for your comfort. The hall is very well ventilated and I’m very pleased that we are able to offer refreshments once more. Live-Streaming We will continue to live-stream our services via our facebook page long into the future. We completely understand that some people feel more comfortable watching from home at this time given the relaxation advice stated above. We also see this as a valuable resource for those who are shielding, self-isolating or are simply unable to attend a service for whatever reason. Finally As mentioned above, all our practices and procedures at this time have a nature of experimentation about them and will naturally evolve as we gain experience through practice. Please do bear with us as we enter this new stage and your feedback would be appreciated. Please continue to pray for one another as we move forward.

source: Array ( [TITLE] => Lifting of restrictions at KCM. (A formal letter containing this information will be circulated today) “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans 12: 9-13) We haven’t been away, but now we’re back! From This Sunday you can: Sit with you family and friends, Sing with the choir, Join us for refreshments, and still keep safe! We would love to see you in church on Sunday, but if you’d prefer you can still join us on Facebook. Dear Friends, Since the easing of the first lockdown in July 2020 I have written several times that coming out of restrictions would inevitably be harder than locking down the church in the first instance. For the past twelve months the decisions regarding best practice have been guided by legislation and strict church guidelines. Following the government’s decision to end all legal restriction on Monday the 19th, we all find ourselves in the trickiest place to date. Furthermore, over the past twelve months the advice has been for incumbents/Priests-in-Charge to work collaboratively with their PCCs to finalise the practices of individual parish churches. In the most recent guidance published on Friday the 16th July by the national church, the emphasis on who makes the decisions has shifted towards the Incumbent/Priest-in-Charge making these decisions solely on their own. The argument used is that each parish priest is well positioned in knowing their church context. There may be some truth in this, however I strongly believe that our church belongs to us as a united body and not an individual person. As St Paul writes “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free— and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians12:12-13) With this in mind it must be acknowledged that the advice offered here is not subject to legal legislation, as it has been in the past, and is therefore not mandatory and cannot be enforced. We do however have a responsibility as equal members of the one body of our church family to protect, love and respect the health and wellbeing of all our members, regardless of our own personal perspectives on the pandemic and practices such as the wearing of face coverings and the sharing of the common cup. We are being advised to proceed with caution by both the government and the national Church of England. Finding a balance between easing restrictions in such a way as to allow church to appear more ‘normal’ and continuing to protect the health of all our members will never be satisfactory to all. I therefore pray that the proposals put forth here will be received with understanding and patience. As time passes we will have an opportunity to review all suggested measures offered here. For now let us pray together that one day we will be free to worship in a way we were used to before the pandemic began. Please see below for full details. With my love, Prayers and best wishes. Rev Laurence Powell (Vicar of KCM) Track and Trace The only mandatory requirement of places of worship is to continue with track and trace. Rules have now been eased meaning that scanning the QR code via the NHS Covid-19 app is sufficient for acts of worship. This was not the case before - it was a legal requirement to have written track and trace forms. For those who do not have the NHS app the completion of a track and trace form is still required. There will be small cards with the QR code in the pews so there will be no need to queue at the entrance to scan. Anyone entering or leaving the church when the church is closed will still need to sign the visitors book or use the QR code. Social Distancing We have now removed all ropes and reserved seating markers from the central section of the church. In this area you may sit where you wish and sit alongside friends if they are comfortable for you to do so. Provision has been made in the pews underneath the galleries (with the exception of the new children’s corner) for those who wish to continue observing social distancing. The galleries are also reserved for those who wish to observe social distancing. Face Coverings The government, scientists and national Church of England strongly advise that face coverings be worn in any enclosed crowded space. Therefore we advocate the wearing of face coverings during any act of worship and especially at the main 10am Sunday service. If you really object to wearing a face coving or have always been exempt from doing so due to a medical condition then we ask that you sit in the central section of the church and distance yourself from others who may feel uncomfortable. Unless exempt, please show due courtesy to others in the building by wearing a face covering when entering and leaving the church and hall buildings and please do not approach someone in either building without wearing a face covering. If you do not wish to wear a face covering it would be good practice to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken in the hours preceding the service to a member of the clergy, a churchwarden or a sides person when entering the building. Children under the age of 11 continue to be exempt from wearing a face covering and do not need to wear one. Church Watch A screen is provided to protect the church watch team from members of the public. It is up to the members of the team to decide if they wish to continue wearing face coverings during their time period. As the number of visitors entering the church at one time is fairly low and the building is well ventilated during church watch hours we do not feel it is necessary for visitors to wear face coverings. Large groups such as the blue badge guided tours should however be encouraged to wear face coverings . The Church Watch area has recently been reorganised as we are in the process of moving the sound desk and live-streaming equipment into this area for various practical reasons. Singing Congregational singing is now permitted in churches. You are now very welcome to sing. We encourage the wearing a face covering unless you are in the choir. The choir will continue to observe social distancing to protect its members and the congregation. Holy Communion and the Common Cup (sharing the chalice) We will continue to receive communion at the chancel step. A warden or sides person will indicate when you should go up to receive. The latest guidance from the government has permitted the sharing of the common cup. However, for obvious hygiene reasons this is strongly advised against by the national Church of England guidance and few, if indeed any, churches will be returning to the practice at present. We will continue to review the practice in the Autumn. Receiving communion in one kind has always been a valid way of receiving Holy Communion. Collections Collection bags will not be passed along the aisles. For those wishing to contribute financially to the church there is a plate at the exit door and the contactless giving machine is available. Pink envelopes for those who which to use the gift aid scheme are available in the pews. After Church refreshments. Given the space restrictions inside the church, refreshments following the 8am service will still not be available. However many members of this congregation do purchase coffee from the shop on the common and you are always welcome to join them. From this Sunday we will restart refreshments in the church hall following the 10am service. The hall will be zoned into socially-distanced and non-socially- distanced spaces for your comfort. The hall is very well ventilated and I’m very pleased that we are able to offer refreshments once more. Live-Streaming We will continue to live-stream our services via our facebook page long into the future. We completely understand that some people feel more comfortable watching from home at this time given the relaxation advice stated above. We also see this as a valuable resource for those who are shielding, self-isolating or are simply unable to attend a service for whatever reason. Finally As mentioned above, all our practices and procedures at this time have a nature of experimentation about them and will naturally evolve as we gain experience through practice. Please do bear with us as we enter this new stage and your feedback would be appreciated. Please continue to pray for one another as we move forward. )

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Led by Derek Greenwood, sung by Quorum

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