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This page is intended as your primary source of information as we return to normality…  Come back here regularly to keep informed.
You may attend Church services, and pre-booking is no longer necessary.
Services will continue to be live-streamed on our YouTube channel. The Church is now open to visitors.
Morning and Evening Prayer is said most days and you are welcome to attend.
All public gatherings and social events are cancelled but we hope to start re-opening very shortly.

 ‘at home’ resources are on the menu to the left - here you will find all you need in one place, including links to live streaming video and past recordings of St George’s Sunday and Wednesday morning services, Readings and Service Sheets,  links for services from Portsmouth Cathedral, and other recommended resources.

Welcome to the web site for St George’s Church and its Parish magazine, St George’s News.

This is the world’s longest running Parish Magazine on the Internet - we were the first parish magazine on the web, our On-Line edition started in February 1996. You will find many interesting articles here on a wide variety of subjects. If you want a copy of the printed version, you can subscribe here.

St George’s Church welcomes visitors. During more normal times, the Church is open from 9.30am until 3pm. (mornings only during school holidays). At the moment the Church is closed. See the calendar for details.

You can attend our Sunday services at 8am and 10am and the mid-week Eucharist at 10am on Wednesdays; however prior booking is required as numbers are restricted. See  HERE. Most services also transmitted live on YouTube. Sunday School and Sunday School Baby & Toddler Group, (9.45am in the hall during term times) are cancelled at the moment.

SAFEGUARDING. To contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer email
 safeguarding@stgeorges.church
St George’s Church Waterlooville adopts and follows the House of Bishop’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy. For more detailed information click HERE

Join the St George’s Church Waterlooville Mailing List - HERE

St George’s YouTube Channel for our Eucharist services - HERE

‘At Home Resources’ page: all you need, in one place  - HERE

Download & Print the Mission Action Plan: Growing a Healthy Church - HERE

ST GEORGE’S AND YOU

We are producing a booklet about St George’s and the congregation……how we think of our church, what it means to us. Perhaps you were baptised or married here. You may remember significant moments or a ramble, a Parish lunch, an induction, some of the church shows. Perhaps some of the outreach of the church comes to mind, times when you have helped others or seen great changes. Just a line or two with a memory or thought about our church would be most welcome.

The booklet will be incorporated into our fundraising which we are trying to start again as we have lost so much due to the lockdown. For more information or to send contributions:
j.rice-oxley@stgeorges.church


CHURCH SHOP - STORAGE REQUIRED.
DOES ANYONE HAVE GARAGE SPACE TO OFFER FOR ITEMS FOR CHURCH CHARITY SHOP.
WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT THIS WILL TAKE PLACE TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.
PLEASE CONTACT JANE RICE-OXLEY ON 02392 26357

 - j.rice-oxley@stgeorges.church

ST GEORGE’S BOOK OF POEMS - 6th Edition - “Life Under Lockdown”
Now available to purchase to help raise funds for St George’s. Price £5
See Jane Rice-Oxley for your copy.

Scams and Tricksters - We have been warned by the Diocese that Churches and their congregations are being targeted by fraudsters, so please be alert. The latest scam is an email, purportedly from the Vicar or some other trusted Church Official, asking the recipient to contribute to a secret and discreet gift collection for a church member by purchasing Amazon Vouchers, and sending the voucher codes in reply.

Any church fundraising activity will have appeared in the Sunday Bulletin, you can view both current and past copies on the church website HERE.

If you get a text offering a COVID vaccine, beware, this may also be a scam. The link to book should take you to book.nhs.me and you will NOT be asked for credit card, password or any personal details other than, possibly, your postcode and date of birth.

Never expose bank or credit card details in response to an email or on the telephone to anyone who has called you, and be suspicious if they suggest you call back - you can still get caught out. Never open an email attachment from an unexpected, suspicious or unknown source.

If in any doubt forward emails, or describe and detail any other approaches (e.g., by telephone/text) to: webmaster@stgeorges.church  and we will advise if it is a scam. Do this before doing anything else!

22nd July 2021
Sunday Bulletin for 25th July

The Bulletin for Sunday 25th July is now available to download, read and print out at the "at home resources" page of the church website. Also the Reading Sheet and the links you need to view the live feed video of the Sung Eucharist on 25th July at 10am. Go HERE

The new advice on public worship (from 19th July onwards), as was communicated last Sunday, is now also on the website and in the Parish magazine (copies now available in church). This will be kept under constant review.

Don't forget the special service tomorrow (23rd July) at 2pm to mark the World Day of Prayer, followed by refreshments in the hall - all are welcome!

Best wishes,

Alex

Parish Administrator


18th July 2021
Updated Guidance from 19th July

From July 19th much of what had previously been considered mandatory will become a matter of personal choice, although it is important that we move forward with caution and courtesy for the foreseeable future.

The legal responsibility for making decisions about how to proceed lies with me, as the incumbent. This includes acts of worship, events run by the PCC or church community, and to decisions on whether to hire out spaces or allow other events to proceed. However, what follows has been agreed with the Church Wardens, shared with the clergy who assist at St George’s, and will be discussed by the PCC at our meeting on Wednesday 21st July. For this reason, some of the measures that will be relaxed, such as the possibility of receiving communion in both kinds, and singing in church, will apply from Sunday 25 July, and not before (with the exception of the World Day of Prayer service on Friday 23rd July, where singing will be allowed).

What follows will be subject to a thorough revision of our risk assessment.

The context at St George’s

St George’s is a large, spacious church which can be kept well ventilated. At present two of the large windows are opened well in advance of public worship, as are the main doors to the church. Windows are left open throughout the day to ensure that the building is kept well ventilated for private prayer. From Monday the 19th July the number of windows to be left open for public worship will be increased to four.

The majority of the regular congregation have been double vaccinated. This ensures a high level of protection, whilst it is recognised that it does not offer 100% immunity or possibility of transmission.

In what follows we are mindful of the context outlined above.

From Monday 19th July

As is currently the case, please do not come to church if you feel unwell, even if the symptoms are not specifically Covid related. It is important that we are always mindful of the need to protect each other. If you are unwell, please let us know.

It will no longer be necessary to book to come to a service. For those who wish to, you may continue to scan the QR code at the entrance to the church, using the NHS Covid- 19 App on your mobile phone, but this is not mandatory.

Whilst hand sanitising is not mandatory, it is strongly advised. For this reason, the sanitising stations will remain in place.

You are not obliged to wear a face covering. Whilst we will be in an enclosed space, it is a large space that is well ventilated. However, there will be some who wish to continue to wear a face covering. For my part I will do so when I am in close proximity to others, for example when administering Holy Communion. We all need to do what we feel is appropriate, whilst exercising caution and courtesy.

Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement. However, there may be some people who feel uncomfortable at being near others at this time. To mitigate for this there will be printed cards available at the entrance to the church for people to place next to them where they are seated, asking others to kindly leave a space. We will also designate an area of the church for people who wish to remain socially distant. This may mean that members of the congregation might not be able to sit in their ‘usual place’. The important thing is that we all exercise courtesy during these difficult times.

There is no longer the need to sit in pews either with or without a ‘X’, except for at the 8AM Sunday Eucharist (see below).

We will not physically share the peace with others, continuing with the practice that we have been accustomed to during the pandemic.

Until Sunday 25th July Communion will continue to be in one kind only, given to the congregation in their place.

When leaving Church please leave your books on the pews and leave promptly. If you wish to chat, please wait until you are outside in the fresh air.

For the time being, to ensure we remain in a well-ventilated space, Morning and Evening Prayer will be prayed in the main body of the church as has been the current practice. This will be kept under constant review and in due course we will return to the Lady Chapel.

From Sunday 25th July

In addition to the above.

The 8AM congregation are requested to sit in the pews designated with a ‘X’. This is solely to ensure that they can be cleaned before the 10AM congregation arrive.

Singing is now allowed. For the time being this will entail the choir and congregation singing the hymns and the responses to the prayer at the offertory, with the choir singing the Mass setting. In time it is hoped that we will learn some new Mass settings, which will allow more variety in our worship., but this will not be until after summer.

Communion is now allowed in both kinds. However, it is understandable that some may only wish to continue to receive in one kind only. This is a matter of personal choice. Intinction (dipping the host in the wine) is expressly forbidden as it poses a potential risk to others should fingers or hands come into contact with the consecrated wine.

As before the pandemic, please come to the altar rail, after the servers and choir have received communion, but please leave a space between yourself and the person next to you.

Refreshments after the Eucharist on a Wednesday and Sunday, and on a Friday Morning

It is our intention to begin offering refreshments after the Wednesday and Sunday Eucharist, and to begin the Friday Coffee morning as soon as possible. We hope to be able to offer refreshments for the first time after the Mass on Sunday 25th July, subject to the outcome of a risk assessment

Conclusion

From Monday 19th we will see the life of our worshipping community return much more to normality.

However, we need to continue to be mindful that the Covid virus is still present, and we need to take personal responsibility to mitigate any potential risk by taking care of ourselves and others. It is inevitable that everything outlined above will need to be kept under constant review.

With assurance of continued prayers,

Fr Colin (Incumbent)
Chris Gadd (Church Warden)
Rosy Stone (Church Warden)






Don Lloyd’s Church News slot is on The Flash Radio every Sunday morning at 7am.

Find it on 104.3FM, or command your Alexa or Google device to “Play the radio station The Flash”.

view, download and print the  APCM REPORT - HERE

SUMMER LUNCHTIME CONCERTS 2021

A series of free lunchtime concerts will be performed every Thursday from 29th July and throughout August.

A welcome opportunity to enjoy live music at last! More information HERE Light lunches, coffees, refreshments from 12 noon


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