We are pleased that we are once again able to open the doors of this beautiful building where Christians have prayed for over 900 years.
Times of opening for private prayer are:
Monday - Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm except for Thursday mornings when the church is closed for cleaning.
Please observe the Covid-19 safety measures that we have put in place for the wellbeing of all. We ask that people continue to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. Thank you.
For limits on attendance for weddings, funerals and other commemorative events please see the Church of England website - https://www.churchofengland.org/media/22028
We are continuing with our online services on alternate weeks and a midweek service of Compline on Zoom every other week. Dates and links can be found on the homepage of this website or the services an be accessed direct from our Facebook and YouTube pages (search for St Guthlac's Fishtoft).
Update July 2021 - Church and COVID-19 arrangements
As we look at how life may change as legal restrictions are lifted we probably all realise that we cannot go from doing nothing to doing everything – that would be too much too fast. And many people may still be anxious, especially with the uncertainty of rising infection rates. Some people are also concerned because they are especially vulnerable. We want to keep church as safe as possible and that includes alleviating anxiety as well as keeping physical measures.
We are therefore taking things slowly – one good change is that we are now able to sing in the services – hurray! We will at the moment however be asking people who attend church on Sundays, and for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals to continue to wear masks (in the same way that supermarkets etc are doing), and where possible to sit in a socially distanced way. Communion will still be done carefully, and offered in one kind (the bread only). These measures may gradually be changed when it seems appropriate. This approach seems to be a common one across the churches, and is in in line with the advice from the Bishops in our Diocese and Churches Together In England.
The NHS has some tips about moving from all the restrictions including lockdown, to the situation we are in now without legal constraints.
With regard to how to behave as we continue in the Pandemic, and how to view it St Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians seem apposite:
I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.
Stay safe everyone! Grace & Peace, Rev’d Marc Cooper, Rector.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
We have set up a section on the website (called "Resources") where we will put prayers and services as well as other resources which will hopefully help us to continue to be the church as we pray and worship in our own homes and in church until the time when we can all be together again at St Guthlac's Church safely without restrictions to our fellowship.