Category Archives: PCC

Church Service This Sunday

Holy Communion at St Etheldreda’s on Sunday September 6th at 11.00

 

Church services are getting back to an ‘interim normal’  – without permanent clergy and observing existing COVID 19 guidelines ie essentially masks, social distancing and no congregational singing. We are looking at a monthly said communion for the time being.

 

Brian Ashdown

Church Opening for Private Prayer

St Etheldreda Horley  (COVID-19) Update

Following a government announcement on 7th June the Church can now be open from 15th June for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines.

Open between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Wednesday and Sunday this following a risk assessment and resources available. Entry and Exit via South Porch only.

May Café Church Virtual Spring Outing

An Opportunity For Families to Discover the Spiritual Outdoors Together

The third Sunday of each month is now the regular slot for the Ironstone Benefice café church. It has become a tradition at this time of the year for the service to move away from the Old School, perhaps for a tour of Horley village gardens or an expedition to Hadsham Farm, thanks to Wykeham and Fi Taylor, for the lambing.

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the church is closed and no congregational services are taking place either there or anywhere else. So this year’s Spring café church has taken a new turn, thanks to Lindy Bridgeman, our licensed lay minister creating a version of the Sanctuary Wild Worship Field Guide. We have called it the “Virtual Spring Outing, or Café Church I-Spy” which can be downloaded here. We are wanting this to be an example of how the church can play its part in the spiritual life of the community, despite the lockdown restrictions.

We do hope people, especially families with children, will get stuck enthusiastically into the spirit and reality of the venture by getting out and about and rising to the challenge of spotting and recording as many as they can of the natural sights, plants and animals which are listed, each accompanied by an appropriate biblical text.

It is not a competition as such, but it would be great to know that people have enjoyed doing it and so you are encouraged to ‘report’ your successes by emailing David Kyle at d_kyle@hotmail.co.uk with the points you have achieved and identifying any noteworthy sightings of items carrying two points.

It would also be great to see you at the next café church, whenever that may be, so that a ‘roll of honour’ can be presented of those who have taken part, with top billing going to any who have scored the maximum 50 points. We will be sure to keep you informed, through Horley Views, of moves to restore access to the church and the resumption of services.

We will in any event aim to report on the Virtual Spring Outing in the Summer edition of Horley Views.

Good luck and stay safe.

David Kyle

St. Etheldreda’s to Close

Our Church to close its doors for the time being

David Kyle writes:

‘With due regard to the latest government guidance on tackling Covid 19, which has been adopted by the Church of England, St Etheldreda’s is now closed and will remain so until the current restrictions are relaxed, whenever that may be. There will be no services, weddings or baptisms in Horley during this period. This is a sad state of affairs given the church’s place in the spiritual and community life of the village, but we must contribute responsibly to the efforts everyone is making to defeat the virus.’

Mothering Sunday at St. Etheldreda’s

Posies in the church for mum on Mothering Sunday

‘Sorry we are unable to have our usual Mothering Sunday service but please go into church and get a posie of flowers for your Mum or for yourself.
They will be there from Saturday afternoon.
With love and prayers from us all at St Etheldreda.’

Sue Ashdown