Welcome to St Guthlac's Church in Fishtoft.
We are an Anglican Church in the Parish of Fishtoft, in the Deanery of Holland, within the Diocese of Lincoln. We warmly welcome people of all ages and backgrounds who want to discover or serve the living God of the Bible.
To that end we call all people to
Love People, and to
CHURCH RE-OPENING FOR SUNDAY SERVICES
We are very pleased that this Sunday 2nd August we will be able to have our first church service following our closure back in March. The service will be Holy Communion at 11.00 am. We have been working hard behind the scenes to make the church building safe for worship and there will be special Covid-19 arrangements based on Church of England guidance in place to ensure we can keep you safe too. You might have noticed that things are not normal when you go out and about – and church will be different too!
We will be opening the doors a little later than normal so please do not arrive before 10.45 am for the service at 11.00 (and no earlier than 6.15 pm when there is an evening service).
Please wear a face covering
Please bring your own black Common Worship Sunday service book with you if you have one but there will also be copies available at church to use or borrow for the duration of the pandemic.
Obviously if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell) please stay at home.
You will be asked to use hand sanitiser when you arrive at church and before and after receiving Communion and you will be asked for your contact details for “Track and Trace”.
Seating will be in the nave only and we have put arrangements in place for social distancing with a one-way system and some pews roped off and this will be explained when you are welcomed so please don’t worry.
The toilets will be open but we are asking people to clean after use.
The service will be somewhat different to normal with no singing allowed for example, but hopefully it will still be special to be back together in fellowship and worship.
We will be having just one service a week which will be Holy Communion and will alternate between 11.00 am and 6.30 pm – please do come to both if you can!
The Service will be a Eucharist as this represents our shared Communion with one another and God, and the Body and Blood of Christ can sustain us in important Spiritual ways, which we have missed for four months. Other services could perhaps be done, but with no singing or the ability to use several people or being able to effectively plan services with anything other than canticles, readings, sermon and psalms we might also wish to have a focus that has more drama and a visual focus – hence the Eucharist. It s also usually well attended.
We also intend to continue with our online services on Facebook and YouTube and midweek Compline on Zoom for those who do not feel ready or are unable to return in person.
2nd August – 11.00 am
9th August – 6.30 pm
16th August – 11.00 am
23rd August – 6.30 pm
30th August – 11.00 am
We look forward to welcoming you back!
SANCTUM: We are very pleased that our church building is once again open for private prayer throughout the week. Please feel welcome to call in between 9am and 5pm (except for Thursday and Sunday when we will be closed in the morning). We hope and pray that it will be a "Sanctum" - a place of peace, prayer and refuge for you and all the community. We have taken lots of steps to make it safe for everyone so please observe the Covid-19 measures we have put in place (notices are on the doors and inside the building). Thank you.
The Sunday service will be available on our YouTube channel and on Facebook from 11.00am on Sunday. Previous services can be found there as well. You do NOT need an account with either of these sites to view the videos.
A prayer for these times:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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At St Guthlac's we are committed to the safeguarding of all. If you have any concerns you can either contact our Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Helen Moore or the Rector, Revd Marc Cooper. For contact details and further information relating to Safeguarding please click on the "Keeping Safe" tab on the left-hand menu.
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