Re-opening our churches (June 2020)

Historical Note:

When Covid struck  in Spring 2020, no one knew quite what to do, but on the whole people rallied round pretty well. The government, quite reasonably of course, enforced various rules, but some institutions went further. For instance, the government asked that churches close to visitors, but the Church of England decided to close them completely, even to priests. (A circumstance which led to the curious 'Archbishop of Canterbury in his kitchen' episodes.)

This was not entirely a popular decision, and led to a certain amount of difficulty between those parishes that wished to re-open their churches as quickly (and as safely) as government regulation allowed, and those (mostly) diocesan authorities who wanted churches to remain closed. So marked was this difference in outlook, that some parishes thought the dioceses might be using the opportunity to 'test the water' on permanent closure of some churches.

Here is the way that one such parish attempted safely to re-open its church for business when the government relaxed the rules in June 2020. Now, 18 months later, it can be seen simply as an interesting historical note concerning The Time of Corona: Though it is probably fair to say that as a result of the way the closure of churches was handled, many small country churches are in a more parlous state now than before the pesky bug struck.

St Peters Filkins in the Land of the Twelve Churches in Shill Valley and Broadshire

OUR CHURCHES ARE OPEN

St Peters Broughton Poggs in the Land of the Twelve Churches in Shill Valley and Broadshire

The churchwardens  of Broughton Poggs with Filkins would be happy to share their experience of preparing the risk assessment as well as the practical steps.

Contact Trish via:

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Re-opening 1 St Peters Church Filkins in the Land of the Twelve Churches
Re-opening 2 St Peters Church Filkins in the Land of the Twelve Churches

   "We followed the Government Guidelines (published on 12th June), did the risk assessment, printed out the necessary signage, placed the sanitizer etc, worked out a cleaning schedule... Opened the church, and now follow the schedule, and daily monitor the situation."

Yes, it is possible safely to re-open a church...

Re-opening 3 St Peters Church Filkins in the Land of the Twelve Churches
Re-opening 4 St Peters Church Filkins in the Land of the Twelve Churches

St Peter's Filkins, and St Peter's Broughton Poggs re-opened on Sunday 14th June, and are open every day for private prayer and contemplation.

Everyone is welcome to visit either church.

   If you would like further information, please contact the two churchwardens in Broughton Poggs with Filkins via:

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CHURCH

GUIDELINES

   Here are the guidelines which visitors to our two churches in Broughton Poggs with Filkins are asked to follow.

  They are based on the risk assessment which was carried out in line with the government guidelines for re-opening churches issued on 12th June.

  Both church have been open every day since Sunday 14th June, and we have welcomed visitors both from this parish and elsewhere in the Benefice.

  Further information may be obtained from the two churchwardens via: 

editor@parishpump.net

Broughton Poggs Church opening guidelines version 1

  The Guidelines were amended in August 2020 to include the government insttruction to wear facemasks in the building (Paragraph B).

  Further information may be obtained from the two churchwardens via:

editor@parishpump.net

Update: end 2020! Almost all of 2019's PCC resigned, or did not stand again, at the lollowing APCM (3rd October 2020), and Parish Pump understands that the newly elected churchwardens and PCC initially closed the two churches completely, but have since re-opened one of them (St Peter's, Filkins) on Thursday mornings (9am to noon) and Sunday afternoons (noon to dusk). 

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