Return to worship in church
Following the Executive’s decision that churches could reopen for worship, we recommenced our ‘in-church’ services in Holy Trinity on Sunday 12th July. As we begin a new season, we are going to extend our range of ‘in-church’ services. Please don’t feel under pressure to attend ‘in-church’ worship; our online services and kids’ programme will continue to be available on the website (bchurch.co.uk), Facebook and the dial-in number 028 4040 0345.
Our new (temporary) pattern of services will begin on Sunday 13th September, with two services at Holy Trinity and two at St Patrick’s. Our pattern of Sunday services will be kept under review, and further changes made when circumstances allow.
The first service in Holy Trinity Church will be at 10.00am. The second service will be a short ‘All-age’ contemporary service in Holy Trinity Church Hall at 11.15am.
The service in St Patrick’s church will be at 10.00am. The second service will be a short ‘All-age’ contemporary service in St Patrick’s Church Hall at 10.00am.
The 2 metres social distancing regulations mean that the number of people who can attend the 10.00am service in St Patrick’s Church is limited to 10 individuals or households. Those who wish to attend this service must phone the Parish Office, Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm, to reserve a seat for each Sunday. As the numbers who can attend this service are limited, some parishioners who normally attend St Patrick’s may decide to attend the ‘All-age’ service in St Patrick’s Church Hall or the 10.00am service in Holy Trinity.
Services will be very different as we follow government regulations and guidelines.
- • Although congregational singing isn’t permitted at the moment, we are planning to have hymns/songs played or sung at our services. The ‘All-age’ services will include action songs and have resources for children.
- • Social distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) must be observed at all times, including at the entrance and exit.
Some pews will be roped off in Holy Trinity and St Patrick’s to maintain social distancing.
People from the same household do not need to social distance from other members of their household.
- • The Church of Ireland recommends and encourages the use of face coverings at all services of worship.
- • Everyone will be asked to hand-sanitise at the entrance and fill up designated pews/seats, starting at the front. Stewards will guide people to their seats. Please avoid touching surfaces, apart from where you are sitting.
- • People attending a service must bring a piece of paper with their name, contact number and the names of anyone from their household who attends the service with them. Please put the paper, with this information, in the basket at the entrance door. A record of who is present is required in case a contact tracing process needs to take place, in the event of someone who is present subsequently testing positive for Covid 19. This information will be held (complying with Data Protection rules) for the purpose of contact tracing, if required.
We would love you to join with us this Sunday:
Holy Trinity, Banbridge
10.00am | Holy Trinity Church
All-age Morning Worship
11.15am | Holy Trinity Church Hall
St. Patrick’s, Seapatrick
All-age Morning Worship
10.00am | St Patrick’s Church Hall
10.00am | St Patrick’s Church
(Due to social distancing regulations seating is limited, those who wish to attend this service must phone the Parish Office: 028 4062 2744, Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm, to reserve a seat for each Sunday)