Churches in Henley can also now resume live church services again due to Covid-19 restrictions being lifted by the government from this weekend.
Trinity at Four at Holy Trinity Church on Church Street started as an afternoon service in September 2018 and has steadily been growing before lockdown to around 70 adults and 40 children most Sundays and is looking to restart the service on Sunday 12 July.
Minster, Sam Brewster said, “Now, after 4 months of ‘meeting’ each Sunday on Zoom, we’re pleased our physical Sunday services can start back again. Although they will be different, we’re excited to be back together, and think this would be a brilliant moment for newcomers to join us. Below is what will be different at Holy Trinity Church in the new world we’re all getting used to.”
1, Social distancing made easy
Holy Trinity is the biggest indoor space with no fixed furniture in the whole town. This makes it a brilliant place to meet together safely as a community. We can fit in 25 households over 80 seats in total, whilst also maintaining a generous 2 metre space between households.
2. Hygiene taken seriously
We have carried out a detailed risk assessment, and developed a safe services policy, which ensures thorough cleaning before, between and after services, as well as the basic hygiene measures we are all becoming familiar with.
3. Multiple afternoon services
The more traditional Holy Trinity morning congregation will continue to meet as usual at 10am and we expect there to be plenty of space for everyone.
Our growing Trinity at Four afternoon congregation will divide into back to back afternoon services in order to safely accommodate our regulars, as well as providing plenty of space for newcomers. We hope that extra services will only increase the options for people to join us on a Sunday afternoon.
4. Services that work for all ages
Currently it’s difficult for us to run our usual Trinity at Four programme of age-specific children’s groups alongside the main service. However this gives us a great opportunity to run shot, simple, and engaging services for all ages. Families will find it a very positive environment that their children can engage with, and all ages will enjoy the opportunity to re-engage with a wider community.
5. A continuing online option
Whilst we’re excited to resume gathered services, we appreciate that some will be unable to come along for health reasons. We are therefore continuing a ‘Zoom’ meeting, open to all, every Sunday at 8pm, which will include a Bible reading, a talk, and a Q&A.
Life has thrown up lots of challenges and questions these last months. Why not take it as an opportunity to engage with the hope and good news that lies at the heart of the Christian faith.
The church is also open on a Wednesday afternoon for private prayers and reflections.