Sunday Services in Church and Online
Please join us online this Sunday for a service at 10:30am. More info here.
Having been worshipping exclusively from home since Christmas, we are looking forward to welcoming you back to a service at Midhurst Parish Church on Easter Sunday.
When will the first service be?
The wait is nearly over! Midhurst PCC (Parochial Church Council) have agreed that we will ‘un-suspend’ public worship from Easter Sunday. The first service that you can attend in Midhurst Parish Church will be at 10:30am on Easter Sunday – 4th April. This service and all Sunday 10:30am services will be available online. This is currently offered through Zoom. Details about how to join from home can be found here.
As you are probably aware, during the lockdown that began on the 27th December 2021 public worship has not been prohibited, and it has been up to each individual PCC to determine the risks of holding public services in their buildings and to decided whether or not they could go ahead. Midhurst PCC decided that, with schools returned and such good progress made in the vaccinations process, it felt safer and more appropriate to be offering services again. Easter Sunday, being such an important day for all Christians, gave us a good date to aim for.
Will I need a ticket?
Yes. We are still required to sit distanced from each other, so numbers are limited and you will have to let us know that you wish to attend. This process of ‘ticketing’ services will continue for every Sunday service until either the rules are relaxed or it becomes apparent that numbers of people wishing to attend do not warrant a ticketing system.
You will need to book a seat for each individual service you wish to attend. Tickets can be obtained in two different ways…
- For those with access to the internet, click here (from Friday 19th) to be taken through to our eventbrite page. Here you will be able to book tickets for all the services you wish to attend for the next couple of months.
- Those without access to the internet can call Rev Jane on to book a seat. You can find her phone number on the Contact Us page
Although you do not need to bring your ticket with you, it may be helpful to do so to avoid any confusion. This could be printed out or as an email attachment on your phone/device.
Will I be able to receive Holy Communion?
The service on Easter Sunday will include Holy Communion. This will be offered in one kind only (the bread) as it was during the Summer and Autumn last year. There is no compulsion to receive Communion – you are welcome to attend and remain in your seat if you wish. Communion and blessings will be offered from a standing position at the front of church.
Will we be able to sing?
The restrictions on singing are still very tight. Current Church of England rules only allow up to three singers ‘if essential’ with a preference for there being only one. This means that those who chose to attend the service in church will not be able to join in with the hymns/songs. Those who join online may, of course, sing as loud as they wish! Music on Easter Sunday will be provided by Paul and Marco who will both be present in church.
Do I have to wear a face-covering?
Face-coverings must be worn unless you are exempt from having to wear one under the governments guidelines.
Will there be parking available?
There are a very limited number of parking spaces available on the Town Square. These parking spaces should only be used by those who are most in need of them. They are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for each service. Further parking is available at the Grange Road and Post Office car parks only 5 minutes walk from the church building.
How are you keeping us safe in church?
We are doing are very best to keep everyone attending a service in Midhurst Parish Church as safe as possible. This includes…
- You are asked to wait outside the church to be called forward into the entrance hall.
- Once in, hand sanitizer is provided and should be used then and as you leave.
- Single use orders of service will be available in church or you can download the order of service below to either print out or use on your tablet/smartphone.
- Inside the church building you have to wear a face covering (unless you have a valid reason not to).
- A one-way system, floor markings and special seating arrangements help us to maintain social distancing.
- Holy Communion is offered to those who wish to receive. At the moment this is only the bread. We are following all Church of England guidelines to make sure that this is done as safely as possible. If you wish to attend the service, but don’t want to receive Communion that is absolutely fine.
For more information please contact us.
Full list of Holy Week and Easter Services