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27 April 2021
As we continue our journey towards a full return to Sunday worship in the building, we are changing the way we meet. From the first Sunday in May we will no longer be uploading a pre-recorded service onto our YouTube channel each week. Instead we will have a Zoom Sunday morning gathering at 10.30am, as we did at Easter. Please note the slightly later start time compared to the Sunday Different premieres. There are a number of reasons for this change, not least being the positive feedback we received about that Easter service.
We will continue having short services in the building starting at 9.30am, which will usually include communion. From this coming. Sunday we plan to broadcast these services on our Facebook page so that people can engage from home in real time or by catch up with the recording later. This maintains an online presence, and you do not have to be registered with Facebook to access it. https://www.facebook.com/cambournechurch
On Sunday 23rd May, which is Pentecost, we plan to have a Pentecost Praise event outside the church building instead of a Zoom gathering. We will be able to sing together, which will be a joy. Further details will come through about this later.
These are steps on the journey. Once indoor congregational singing is allowed we will adapt again and will probably shift the emphasis towards meeting in person in the building, albeit maintaining an online presence where possible for those unable or unready to attend.
We are really pleased that with the reduction in Covid-19 cases in this area we have been able to resume services in the building. All are welcome to join us at 9.30am on Sundays for a said service, this will be a communion service unless there is no ordained minister available.
There is no longer a need to book for this service. Numbers are limited to 25 on a first come, first served basis, but capacity has not been a problem when we held communion services prior to lockdown. Please do not attend if feeling unwell or needing to isolate. The entrance we use is the one from the car park. Masks need to be worn unless you are exempt. Please follow the instructions of the steward.
Saturday 2nd January 2021
With regret, we have taken the decision that during this time of high infection rates, and in light of government advice to stay at home, we will not be meeting for worship in the church building until further notice. We hope this suspension of in-building public worship will not need to last long.
We continue to worship together in other ways. Our YouTube Sunday Different services continue online. https://www.youtube.com/user/CambourneChurch/videos
Zoom gatherings for fellowship, for prayer and for breaking bread will be announced through our weekly pastoral letter.
If you do not receive our pastoral letter and would like to do so please get in touch with the church at email@example.com
May God bless you, keep you and protect you at this difficult time.
Thursday 5th November
Once again we face lockdown, although this time schools will continue to operate. For the coming month many of us will be much more confined to our homes than in recent weeks. Our financial wellbeing and our health continue to be dominating concerns.
For us as a church it will mean that we can no longer meet for services in the building, and our ability to meet with one another in other ways is also severely restricted. Some homegroups were meeting in small sub-groups, but this is no longer viable. However, it is worth remembering that
it is permitted to meet in a public space outdoors with one person who is not in your own household or care bubble. This is a way of staying connected. Telephoning and online communication also remain important.
The hiring out and use of the church building will also be curtailed over the coming weeks, which will have a financial impact.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London have called for November to be a month of prayer. That is something which no government measure or public health restriction can ever stop. I quote from their letter: ““During the first lockdown we cheered for the NHS every Thursday. During this second lockdown we invite you to fast in a way appropriate to you as well as pray for our nation every Thursday, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer."
Monday 28th September
The prime minister has made it clear that we will be subject to restrictions because of COVID-19 for many months ahead, and the regulations on gathering may yet become stricter. So whatever plans we make may be subject to change. Nevertheless, we want to let you know that Church Council and the Worship Planning Group have approved a plan for limited re-opening for worship on Sundays. We have held a number of short communion services over recent weeks on Monday afternoons. We now intend to move these to Sunday mornings at 9.30am. Places will be limited, and there will be a booking system, as there has been for the Monday communions.
So from Sunday 4th October we will have a short service in the church building each Sunday at 9.30am. Places will need to be booked. This will usually be a communion service, although if a minister is not available to preside over communion at any point we will still hold a short 9.30am service with Bible readings and prayer. There will be no singing and no refreshments. Those attending should wear masks and the seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing. Also those who are unwell or who have members of their household experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend. If you wish to book for the service please visit this page or contact the church office on 01954 710644.
We will continue to produce Sunday Different, our online service, which will be premiered on YouTube at 10.15am each week as before. This will be our main service for musical worship and for preaching and teaching. It is hoped that we will screen that service in the building at 10.15am so that any who have attended the communion service can choose to stay for Sunday Different as well.
We will no longer be opening the church building on Monday afternoons for communion and private prayer, unless there is a clear desire and need for this.
As from 4th October we will no longer be holding our weekly Sunday morning online prayer meeting because the timing clashes with the 9.30am communion service. I hope to make other arrangements for corporate prayer.
Wednesday 12th August
We are delighted to be able to start holding some in person services in the church building again. Initially these will be limited to socially distanced, said (no singing), communion services on a Monday afternoon. They will be available at both 2pm and 5.30pm from Monday 17th August, though not on Monday 31st August due to the bank holiday. In order to ensure we can hold these services safely places will need to be booked in advance, either at cambournechurch.org.uk/servicebooking
or by calling the church office on 01954 710644 and leaving the admin team a message. Numbers in the church hall are strictly limited, if you have not pre-booked we will not be able to admit you at this time. All attendees must be prepared to leave their name and contacts details with the steward for NHS track and trace purposes, these details will be securely held in the church office and destroyed after 21 days. Masks must be worn in the church building unless you are in one of the categories of people exempt from wearing them.
Coronavirus Period Help Request
If you need help during the COVID-19 period, then please go to the Cambourne Crescent
web page who we are working with.
Due to the latest government advice regarding the protection of our community during the Coronavirus pandemic we have taken the unprecedented and sad, but necessary, decision to suspend all church gatherings including home groups and Sunday Worship until further notice.
Please look at your emails, our Facebook page
and this website for further details about how we will be walking together at this difficult time. Any services posted online can be viewed via our Listen Again
Remember the church is the people, not the building.
We are still Cambourne Church.
Thursday 30th July
We may be unable to meet together in the church building due to COVID-19 but we are still meeting together virtually as a worshipping community. Click on the link to view the online Sunday services on YouTube
Sunday March 22nd - Recorded Sermon
Update 21st March - 10pm
After trying out ‘Facebook Live’ there is an unhelpful lag between the video and audio, so Bill has decided that instead of broadcasting live this Sunday he will upload a prepared video tomorrow morning onto our Facebook page
and onto the Cambourne Church YouTube channel
. It lasts about forty minutes and includes prayers, Scriptures and reflections for the day.
We may also see one another walking and praying around Cambourne tomorrow from 11.30am or 3.00pm. If you don’t know what we are talking about then watch the video below, which explains and gives instructions for keeping safe.
Video Update 19th March
Initial thoughts about how we continue as church during the period when our building and gatherings are shut down. Sundays - 10.00am; Sundays 11.30am; Monday to Friday 9.15am
Summary: (Please do watch the video for details)
: (02m 40s) We will be meeting online (technology permitting) to live stream a service with Bible readings, prayers and reflections. We will probably do this on YouTube, and we will share details with you as soon as we have confirmed them. If you can't make Sundays at 10am, we will make the service available for you to watch and listen at your convenience as soon as we can.
: (04m 20s) We hope that those are able to can meet in the church car park and get into groups of around 3 people and go for a 30 minute or so walk around Cambourne to share, listen and reflect. Please follow the government advice on social distancing
, and watch the video for more details.
@9.15am: (08m 24s) We are aiming to do a live stream for praying together based on The Northumbria Community