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The Knightley Benefice in Stage 4

Freedoms and Responsibilities in the Knightley Benefice

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After the relaxing of regulations by the Government last monday, we have some new freedoms in our church services which means; 

  • The wearing of face covers is no longer mandatory, and people may choose not to wear them in church services.
  • Social distancing is no longer mandatory, and people may sit where they wish and with whom they wish.
  • Singing is now permitted.
  • Refreshments may now be served after services. Table service does not need to be observed.
  • Holy Communion will resume as a regular feature in our pattern of services.

However, with freedom comes responsibility.

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England's Recovery Group, said:
 
“Many will welcome the possibilities now before us, not least increased numbers at life events and a long awaited return of congregational and amateur choir singing.
 
“However, this is a difficult point in the course of the pandemic. Despite vaccination rates, cases are up, hospital admissions are up and long covid remains an ongoing concern. Therefore our approach needs to be cautious and careful.  
 
“Taking personal responsibility means responsibility for our neighbour, not just for ourselves, and taking precautions to protect those more vulnerable than we consider ourselves to be. Local church leaders know their communities and their own circumstances, and we will support them making local decisions to keep themselves and their community safe. We would ask everyone to support those making local decisions and respect risk assessments, which are in place to protect everyone as we enter the next phase.“
 

Therefore, here in the Knightley Benefice,

 Face mask

  • Church members are at liberty to continue to wear face masks in services. It will not be discouraged.
  • Each church will create a clearly marked Zone where those who wish to continue to socially distance, wear masks and not physically share the peace may do so safely.
  • Although Singing is now permitted it still has inherent risks and so we will move forward slowly by introducing a maximum of two sung hymns or worship songs per service if the church fellowship desires. The church building must be well ventilated with doors open.
  • Strict and rigorous hygiene will be maintained. Churches will continue to make hand sanitizer available at various points.
  • Holy Communion will resume after the summer break. Although hospital admissions and deaths are still low we want to be cautious.
  • When Holy Communion recommences on a regular basis on Sunday 5th September we will, for the time being, continue to use the practice of intinction rather than sharing the common cup. Those coming forward to receive communion will need to sanitise their hands and the person celebrating will need to continue to observe rigorous hygiene protocols.

Hopefully, as time goes on, Covid will become more manageable and the case numbers will drop and we will be able to relax our restrictions further, but for the time being please be considerate of our younger members who have still not been fully vaccinated and those older members who might have chosen not to be vaccinated.
 
 

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet in five Church Buildings - well, six including a small chapel (details below) for our Sunday Services. Currently we are running a "Recovery Stage" plan of services as we return to our buildings after Lockdown, you can find it here. Take a look at the online diary to see what service is happening where and when. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone and handed anything you need to guide you through the service.

When we are allowed to again, some of our churches will serve tea, coffee and biscuits following the service so don't dash off, it is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 
Visit the Our Churches page and click on the name of the church you want, at the bottom of the page you will find a what3words link which will open a map showing you precisely where the church building is.

Alternatively, Open Google Maps

Accessibility: If you need assistance, please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in Badby church.

Our Service

The main service begins with a warm welcome from one of our team members. The service might be led by Malcolm (our Rector) or one of the Ministry Team or even a visiting member of clergy. In normal When we are allowed to once agian then at some point we will sing a hymn or song, we can and still do hear a short passage read from the Bible and then the leader will then explain what that passage is all about - how God speaks to us through his Word and how we can apply it to our lives. We will pray and join in some responses (you don't have to if you don't feel it is appropriate) and there might be a short symbolic meal called Communion or a baptism when we welcome someone into our Church fellowship and family. Of course, you don't have to do any of these things, they might seem strange the first time you encounter them, so take your time and don't feel any pressure.

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What about my kids?

Children and young people are very welcome in our church buildings and services.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up throughout the service and we really value worshipping God all together as a family.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Soon we will be starting up a Fellowship Group where we can explore together what it means to be a Christian today, discover what God has to teach us through the Bible, pray for one another , share our hopes and hurts and hopefully (when restrictions permit) also great cake and coffee. Being part of a small group like that will allow you to make new friends, share together and support each other.  Check out Small Groups and see if it would be a good time for you could join, or we can put you in touch with the Fellowship Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays and week day events run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team, why not speak to someone on the welcome team at church. 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Revd Malcolm Ingham   Liz Ingham
Malcolm was born in the North West and then trained in the South West, and Midlands before working just about everywhere. He once worked in an advertising agency in London and then for several national and international mission agencies. He is married to Liz with two grown up children and loves walking, music and bizzarre films (according to the rest of the family).   Benefice Administrator
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

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