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This page is intended as your primary source of information in these difficult times.
Return here daily to keep informed.

You can attend Church Services, but need to pre-book (see below).
The Church is open for silent private prayer on Sundays from 12noon - 23pm
and Wednesdays 4pm-6pm.
Otherwise the Church is closed.
Services are being live-streamed.
All public gatherings and social events are cancelled until further notice.

 ‘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, and links for services by Bishop Christopher from Portsmouth Cathedral, and other recommended resources.

9th July 2020
Sunday Bulletin for 12 July now available

The Bulletin for Sunday 12th July is now available to download, read and print out at the "at home resources" page; also the Reading Sheet and the links you need to view the live feed video of the Eucharist on 12th July at 10am. Go HERE.  

For those that were in church on Sunday, or watched the stream from home, you may have heard Fr Colin mention that Neil Pugmire from the Diocese was in church taking pictures to report back how we had conducted our reopening service. If you have not yet read his report or seen the pictures, have a look at this link here: https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/news/2020/07/05/worshippers-delighted-be-back-church/

Please remember that next Wednesday (15th July) the church will not be open for the morning 10AM Eucharist. The service will be streamed by Fr Ray from his home so you can follow at the usual places (HERE or on YouTube). Do join us then. We will resume back in church the following Sunday when Fr Colin has returned from his break.

Whilst Fr Colin is away (he returns on Sunday 19th July), if you need to speak to someone urgently please either email parish.priest@stgeorges.church or call 07943 633734.

Best wishes,

Alex
Parish Administrator


7th July 2020
Services, Sunday 12th July - booking list now open

If you would like to attend the service on Sunday (at either 8am or 10am), you can now reserve your place by emailing us at parishpriest@stgeorges.church


Or alternatively you can call the parish office number (02392 258079) and leave your name and the service which you would like to attend.

If you are coming with any family members, please advise how many spaces you will need. Let us know by 5PM on Friday if at all possible.

As before, please assume you have a space at your requested time unless you hear to the contrary.

Many thanks,

Alex
Parish Administrator


1st July 2020
Public Worship in Church - starting from Sunday 5th July
The Church Wardens and I met this morning to determine what measures need to be taken to ensure that we are able to safely open St George’s Church for public worship as soon as possible. We were guided by the guidance provided by the Church of England, and have concluded that we will be ready to open this coming Sunday (5th July) when the Eucharist will be celebrated at 8AM and 10AM, and again on Wednesday 8th July at 10AM. This is indeed good news, but there are a number of things that you will need to be aware of to ensure your own safety and the safety of other worshippers.

To ensure that the two-metre rule is adhered to we can only accommodate a maximum of 50 people for each service.

You are kindly asked to ensure you maintain the two-metre rule when entering and leaving the church.

If you fall into a High Risk Category (which means you are clinically extremely vulnerable) or are in a Moderate Risk Category (which means you are clinically vulnerable), you need to consider whether to attend public worship at this time. The decision whether to do so is yours alone, but please ensure that you are aware of the potential risk.

If you wish to attend either service on Sunday (and subsequent Sundays) you will need to book a place each week by emailing me on parishpriest@stgeorges.church (please DO NOT press reply to this email) or by ringing the parish office number (02392 258079). Leave your name and the service which you intend to attend. If you are coming with your family please advise how many will be coming with you. Please advise by 5PM on Friday if at all possible.

It is unlikely you will be able to sit in your ‘usual’ place. There is an absolute necessity that everyone sits 2 metres apart (with the exception of those from a single household who can sit together).

Upon entering the church you will have your temperature taken with a non-invasive monitor.

You will be asked to sanitise your hands as you enter the church.

Singing is not permitted in church at this time.

We are not permitted to share the peace.

The collection plate will be kept by the font for you to leave your offering. The plate will not be passed through the congregation during the offertory.

Communion will be in one kind only and the host will be administered to each individual where you are sitting so as to ensure the two-metre rule is adhered to.

If you are not able to attend church in person, or choose not to do so, we will nevertheless be streaming the 10AM service on both Sundays and Wednesdays (as now) so that you can follow as usual on our website or on YouTube

When coming to the church would you please adhere to the instructions of either the wardens or those who are stewarding.

We are not able to offer refreshments after the service at the moment.

When the service ends, please do not congregate outside the church, and ensure you adhere to the 2 metre rule where possible.

I am aware that all this sounds rather like a draconian list but I am sure you appreciate our commitment to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible.

 
With love and prayers
Fr Colin

21st June 2020
Opening of the Church for private prayer

Subject to sufficient help in the preparation of the church, and in organising volunteer stewards, it is planned that the Church will be made available for private prayer on Sundays between 12noon and 2pm, and on Wednesdays between 4pm and 6pm. There will be various strict protocols to be followed. More detailed information will follow. If you are able to help with preparation of the Church this coming Wednesday 24th June, and/or able to volunteer to join a rota for stewarding at the times the church will be open, please contact Fr Colin. For the announcement that Fr Colin made today, please view the recording of the Sung Eucharist. The announcement is made at 49 minutes into the recording.


16th June 2020
Future live stream transmissions

The link on YouTube to future live stream transmissions will now be available at least 24 hours in advance of the broadcast. Click or tap the link and there will then be a countdown to the time the service is due to start. St George’s YouTube channel is HERE

 

23rd April 2020
Easyfundraising

A message from Sara Pask. We are facing a very lean year for our usual fundraising activities so I would like to remind people about Easyfundraising. Raise funds every time you shop on-line. To find out more click HERE.










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 open for private, silent prayer from 12.noon - 2pm, Sundays and 4pm - 6pm Wednesdays only.

From 4 July, it is planned to restore Sunday services at 8am and 10am and a mid-week Eucharist at 10am on Wednesdays. Most services also transmitted live of 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

WEEKLY QUIZ NIGHT
Tuesday 14th July  at 8pm - click HERE for more information
To join the ‘virtual’ quiz on ZOOM please email Shirley Vann before 5pm on 14th July
so that you can be emailed the link to join the quiz.  s.vann@stgeorges.church

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

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

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

Tuesday Evening Quiz Night - more information HERE

December 2019-  Dr Colin Lawlor, interview on Flash FM Radio - HERE

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Live streaming & recordings of Sunday and Wednesday Eucharists celebrated by Fr Colin are HERE. Also links to daily and Sunday worship from Portsmouth Cathedral and the Diocese.