St Thomas Church, Heamoor

Service Times: Sundays at 9:30am Family Service (1st Sunday of the month), Holy Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays of the month), Morning Worship (3rd Sunday).

 We also have a FACEBOOK page for Madron, Heamoor and Gulval churches.

NEW Prayer Support Group starting 5th Jan 2022 at 9.30am in St Thomas’ Church. All welcome. For any queries or information, please contact Liz Woodworth or Helen Crofts.

** Giving to the church. If you wish to give to the church, please use our giving page.

The link is here: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/c5d159f0-5130-43fd-a01e-8b8bcf0e9beb.

.St Thomas’ account is shared with Madron’s, but please email if you wish to give specifically to St Thomas.

Child-friendly Services

Family Service at 9.30am on the first Sunday of the month , plus particularly child-friendly occasions to be found on the relevant web page (see Services)

Opening Times: St Thomas is sadly only open during service times.

.Parking. Unfortunately, we have no car park and therefore parking is along adjacent roads. Parking along Rock Terrace or on the south side of the church at least affords level access. We have one small step to gain access on foot to the church on both west and south sides.

Building and other Projects: 2021 update At St Thomas’ we have done a great deal of work on the church in recent years. The stonework on the west window has recently been repaired and now we are turning our attention to repainting external woodwork (forest green) and sections of the inside, where there had been a damp problem and it now just needs a repaint. A new heating system for the kitchen in still in preparation, as is a tidying of our garden areas, which has now begun.

Hall bookings

St Thomas charges £10 per session only (morning, afternoon or evening) for use of its adjoining hall. This includes heating. Sadly, we do not do one-off bookings/parties etc. as we have no caretaker, but regular bookings will be most welcome.

For info or guided tour of facilities, contact Caroline Somers on 369123 or caroline.somers312@btinternet.com 

Risk assessment   Madron & Heamoor churches      Updated 16/12/21

1) Face masks are to be worn before entering the church, during the service and on leaving. The exceptions are (a) the service leader or lesson reader (b) under 11s (c) those with breathing difficulties (d) those who may be distressed

2) Arrival. Be careful to arrive at a social distance through the main door, where you can sanitise and collect your service papers inside on the table. Do not bunch around the door or the table. 

3) Hand sanitiser will be on the table at the back. Please use on entry and do not touch anything unnecessarily except your pew.

4) Services will take place in zones – 11am in the main body of the church ONLY and 6pm (Madron) in the choir stalls.

5) Sit at 2 metres from the next worshipper, in any direction, unless you live together. A maximum of six can arrive, sit or leave together. This determines the capacity of the church, which we estimate to be around 55 (Madron), 40 (Heamoor) The families involved in Weddings and Baptism should be made aware of these numbers as should Funeral Directors when a funeral is arranged. If a Funeral or Wedding congregation is expected to exceed these numbers the person officiating at these should contact the Churchwarden or PCC Secretary on a case-by-case basis; a separate risk assessment should be prepared for each event that exceeds the numbers. At Christmas services where numbers may be at or above maximum numbers the congregation should be directed to “safe” seating by sidesmen.

6) Both doors will be open for ventilation – unless it is really cold or wet – no touching of door handles, please

7) Hymn books and service sheets will be given out upon arrival.

8) No collection bags will be passed around, a plate at the back to be brought up during the service. At the carol service and midnight communion a retiring collection will be in place.

9) Singing is allowed but it is strongly recommended that masks should be worn. The exceptions are (a) under 11s (b) those with breathing difficulties (c) those who may be distressed

10) There is no passing the peace or other physical contact between those present

11) The toilets will not be available (C of E guidelines are to keep toilets open, but the cleaning and other instructions are so involved, it’s best to leave it for now).

12) For track and trace purposes attendees’ names (& contact details) will be recorded

13) Communion is by wafer only. A one-way system to receive will be in place. No queues. At Christmas midnight communion a sideman or other person should direct communicants to the rail in order to avoid queues.

14) Coffee may be served (St Thomas) at the discretion of the worship leader.

 

Andy Freeman on behalf of Madron PCC 16/12/21.