St. Andrew's United Reformed Church
Ramshill Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2LN
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01723 581642
Just a quick covid update, now that restrictions have loosened.
First, the news that we have all been waiting for - we can sing again!
After looking at the guidance from the URC the elders have updated the risk assessment and I wanted to let you know what to expect on Sundays. The elders and I ask that you continue to wear a mask, if you are able to do so, whilst singing and while in the building.
We have decided that we will start by singing 3 hymns during services. We will remain sitting for the first two, but you will be invited to stand for the final hymn.
We are keeping some of the pews ribboned off for those who would prefer to keep their distance, but if you and a friend want to sit together, that's fine too.
We will not yet be able to restart refreshments after worship as we are awaiting repairs to the ceiling and a structural assessment in the loft area. The kitchen also needs to be cleaned and safety checked after its long break. There will be a brief extraordinary church meeting after worship on Sunday 1st August, to approve the withdrawal of funds for the repairs. We will keep you up to date but it is unlikely that any activities will be re-starting in the next couple of months.
Unless anything changes, we are hoping to celebrate Communion on the first Sunday in September, and of course all are welcome at the table. If anyone would like to receive communion but does not yet feel ready to do so at church, I would be happy to visit you at home and bring you communion, or just share a chat and a prayer. A number of the elders are also authorised to bring home communion.
Do please keep in mind that we will all move at different speeds as we get used to the next new normal, and be gentle on each other, when in doubt always err on the side of mercy and kindness!.
We are now open for worship on Sundays at 10:30 am and look forward to welcoming you, whether you have been before, or are coming for the first time. We have a large church building so there is plenty of room inside!
We are, of course, still under some restrictions for safety. We still need to maintain social distancing, use hand sanitiser when we enter, and wear face coverings. Please do not come to church if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.
For now, services are slightly shorter than normal with no singing. We will continue to play pre-recorded music and invite you to sing along in your heads and hearts.
We hope to reopen the Beacon Hall over the summer, once restrictions are lifted.
St Andrew's has attained a bronze eco-church award, the first church in Scarborough to do so!
2021 is a vital year for climate action. The United Nations climate change summit – COP26 – is being held here in the UK this November. Habitats and communities around the globe are already bearing the full force of climate change, so we all need to act now. We have seen, this year, the vast changes that we are capable of. It’s time to change how we relate to the world around us and its resources!