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We are looking forward to resuming services in Boughton Parish Church on Sunday 6 and 27 September.
The church will have been deep cleaned and a full risk assessment completed. As social distancing will be in place numbers are limited and people will have to book if they wish to come to a service. Things will be very different as we put Covid-19 safeguards in place because we have a duty of care for everyone.
Come and join us, but book your place
Having booked your place via Jean and given contact details for ‘track and trace’ on the day you will need to queue, socially distanced, outside the church until you are allowed in.
We will have a one-way system with the main entrance for entry and the vestry door for the exit although the vestry door will still be the disabled entrance. You will be ticked off on the register and asked to sanitise your hands. You will also need to wear a mask but those speaking at the service, reading, preaching etc. will not be required to wear them.
You will be told where to sit and we will be using alternate pews as well as filling the church from the front. At the moment no singing is allowed although the organ will be played. During the administration of Holy Communion you will be guided by a steward and communion will be in one kind only, that is, bread. At the moment we are unable to offer refreshments after the service.
The services in Boughton Church are for all the churches in our benefice because it is the largest and most spacious church and gives flexibility with chairs as well. In the intervening weeks we will continue with services on Zoom and I will still continue to send out the weekly service, sermon etc. either by email or post.
On 6 and 27 September there will also be a ‘Sunday Worship’ on Zoom at 4:30 pm so those not in church in the morning are still able to worship together. I know not everyone will want to return to church as they may still be shielding and some may not feel confident enough yet. No-one is under any pressure to return before they are ready. If you have any questions or worries please contact me, I understand the caution.
This is a learning curve for all of us and our procedures may be altered in the light of our experiences so please bear with us. Depending on how things go we plan to have two more services in church on 11 and 25 October. If our plans have to change our benefice website will keep you updated and we will advertise it as well.
Revd Jean Burrows
As regards re-opening the other churches:
Hernhill Church opened for private prayer on Sunday 5 July and will be open every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, apart from a few baptism services, but this page will keep you updated. The church has been deep cleaned, risk assessed and signs are in place re physical distancing, sanitizing hands etc.
Graveney Church is now open
for private prayer on Sundays from 11 am to noon.
Weddings and funerals in church can also take place with a maximum number of thirty attending, again with government guidelines in place.
Boughton Parish Church will be the first church we open for public church as it is the largest and most spacious of our benefice churches. We are looking at early September, but we are taking things slowly and no-one should feel under pressure to return to church before they are ready to do so. Our benefice website and church noticeboards will keep you updated
There are lots of resources online to enable us to worship and now is a good opportunity to explore other churches. Many services across the world are being live streamed.
For information about baptisms, weddings and funerals please contact Revd Jean. We are booking weddings for next year.
If your loved one has died and you weren’t able to have the funeral you wanted perhaps you are now thinking of a memorial service. Please contact Revd Jean before you spend a lot of money with a big company. One well known national company is offering a memorial service for £700 plus venue hire, catering etc. A church memorial service is a fraction of that cost, please be careful.
Vicar: Revd Jean Burrows
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God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the true sense, church is not a building, but PEOPLE, bound together by faith and fellowship.
So it's everywhere.
The church is deeply rooted in our communities, and we aim to reach out to them in service, in love and in prayer.
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This is a website for the three parishes in our benefice - Boughton with Dunkirk, Hernhill and Graveney with Goodnestone. We work together to highlight the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our churches on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbour.
Services would normally held in all three villages every Sunday and often during the week. At the moment, there are special arrangements, as we try to re-open.
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We are part of the Church of England and are three parishes working together as one church,
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