Following guidance from the Bishop of Lewes and drop in levels of infection. Our services will resume from Sunday 21st February at 9:30am and 11:00am in Icklesham and Winchelsea respectively. Social distancing and the use of masks will be obligatory and the sacrament will only be offered in one part. We believe our procedures are robust and a strong defence against the risk of infection. People are reminded that it is important not the gather or chat before or after the services with people outside your household or bubble. It is hoped that this pattern will now be sustainable but if the situation changes we may have to adapt again.
I would like to strongly reiterate that nobody should feel an obligation or duty to attend church at present if they have anxieties about their own health. I would draw your attention again to the rubric in the book of common prayer, to which I have referred in a number of sermons over the past months, that faith in Christ’s death upon the Cross and the redemption gained thereby is sufficient to the soul’s health, “although he/she do not receive the sacrament with his/her mouth”.
There will also be a said service for Ash Wednesday on 17th February at 10:30am. The imposition of ashes will not take place this year.
Funerals will take place when required in accordance with the government guidelines.
If you would like to discuss any of the above or have any special needs you would like to talk about, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Rector – Rev Jonathan Meyer 01797 226254