CAMBOURNE CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICES
Through this time of restrictions due to COVID-19 you can find our main Sunday offering, Sunday Diffferent, on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cambournechurch A new service premieres each Sunday at 10.15am and is available to watch at any time after then.
Update 28 September 2020
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. Please contact the office or see the Pastoral Letter for the Zoom Meeting ID.
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.
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."
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. We hope to make other arrangements for corporate prayer.
Remember the church is the people, not the building.
We are still Cambourne Church.