Church Sunday Service Changes
A Message from the Churchwardens
The PCC met on July 21st and agreed a number of changes to reflect the government’s changes to the Covid rules.
It was mentioned last week in church that there is now no need to book in advance and that rather than the person distributing communion wafers wearing gloves, they would sanitise their hands immediately before the distribution.
For the next four weeks seating will be arranged in groups, but there will still be seats at least 2 metres distant from others for those worried regarding the risk of closer proximity.
Because of the current very high numbers of Covid infections in Eastbourne, we still strongly advise the use of face marks, but these are not compulsory.
Singing will be allowed, anyone leading the singing will be unmasked, as those speaking to the congregation have been. The peace will continue to be static, as previously.
The service will no longer be on Zoom, no live streaming. However, it will be recorded and appear on YouTube and Facebook later on.
The PCC also discussed the communion, deciding that for the time being the congregation would continue not taking wine.
All of these points will be reviewed after the four weeks.
- The Churchwardens
Totz Start Date and the Next Messy Church
We are now planning to restart Totz after the summer holidays and the first session, restrictions allowing, will be on Thursday 16 September. More information and contact details can be found here.
Messy Church takes place Saturday afternoons roughly every other month for families and all ages.It is probably best suited to children of primary age. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday 2 October. More information of Messy Church can be found here, and on the Messy Church website.
FROM THE CENTRE MANAGER
The notice below gives information on groups already meeting, or about to start meeting at St. Elisabeth’s:
NOTE ON OUR SERVICES
While we are still in partial lockdown, our services are being shared virtually. We appreciate that some people might want to attend physically, however, at this critical period as the vaccine is distributed we want to keep physical contact as limited as possible. This is to to play our part in keeping each other safe. Yet our worship continues!
We are now open for socially distanced worship in church for our main Sunday service.
As the available space is limited, please contact the Centre Manager by e-mail or phone 01323 885285. You can also join in our Sunday morning worship via Zoom (contact the Centre Manager for the Zoom meeting ID). We stream this via Facebook Live, and place a video of our service on our YouTube channel, too. Our Wednesday morning service (10am) is also available this way.
We are also keeping in contact with one another via a ’round robin’ email which explains further the ways in which we are organising ourselves at this time. Again, contact the Centre Manager for more details.
THE OLD CHURCH BUILDING
The old church has now been demolished (you will have noticed that!). We do not yet know what will be built in its place. Read more here
THIS STATEMENT FROM OUR ARCHBISHOPS EXPLAINS HOW OUR CHURCHES ARE OPERATING AT THE PRESENT TIME.
Jesus says (John 14:27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The following is what you can usually expect from us in ’normal’ times. Until that point, the website gives an insight into what we would usually do.
St Elisabeth’s is committed to serving the people of our community by aiming to meet their spiritual, practical and enterprising needs and by offering radical hospitality. To that end, St E’s is a church rooted in inclusivity. This is a safe place where you will receive a huge welcome, met with broad minds and very wide doors!
St Elisabeth’s offers a number of worship styles and services. Regular activities go on each week and if you need to hire a venue, check here for available meeting rooms. We have a fully equipped stage with lighting and PA system, a community garden, a cafe, a chapel and a large worship space. St E’s is a versatile and thriving community sitting at the heart of a vibrant and highly populated area of Eastbourne.
.... all the time!
In meeting the practical needs of our community we have a weekly Eastbourne Foodbank session offering advice and food boxes to those in need. People Matter, a local charity equipping people for employment, also have a weekly presence at St E’s, offering help with CVs and job advice.
The building can be hired for meetings, performances, classes, conferences and much more. We have two kitchens, disabled access throughout the building, a loop system, free wi-fi, free parking and a staffed reception area.
Worship and Service times
Whether you like traditional hymns, modern worship music or something more contemplative St E`s has something for everyone. Come as you are, all are welcome. Check out our service times page for more info.Learn more
Community and Mission
St Elisabeth’s Church is all about ’Radical Hospitality’. Our ethos is that everyone is welcome, all the time! We run a number of outreach projects as well as a regular community cafe. On Tuesdays Eastbourne Foodbank are here to offer emergency help with food and careers advice is available from People Matter. During lockdown the Tuesday morning community cafe is not possible, but we are looking forward to welcoming people again when we’re able. The Mother’s Union - Christian Care for Families - meetings are also postponed during the pandemic. But once able to meet again, they have a full programme prepared for Thursday afternoons. Watch this space.Learn more
Our safeguarding officer is Susan Santos. Contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave your name and number on our answerphone asking for her. She will return your call as soon as possible. Other details of our local procedures and national policy can be found here via the link below.Learn more
For all the info on what is going on at St E’s this week click below.Learn more
"When the day of Pentecost came, the believers were all together in one place.