REDLAND PARK UNITED CHURCH
Redland Park, Redland,Bristol BS6 6SA
Registered Charity No 1131460
Thursday 7 January 2021
Happy New Year! I hope that this year will be better than last, which shouldn’t be difficult.
You will, of course, know that England is now in its third lockdown due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, and its new variant in particular. You may also know that UK government restrictions permit churches to remain open for worship during this lockdown, and it is on this topic that I write to you today.
At our meeting last night, the Elders debated whether or not Redland Park URC’s church building should remain open for worship. With some reluctance, we agreed unanimously that it should not, so the church will be closed with immediate effect and until further notice.
In making this decision, the Elders considered a number of factors, including:
Our primary concern remains the health and welfare of our congregation; our watchword remains “Caution”.
We recognise that this decision may not be welcomed by everyone, but we do feel it is the right decision at this time. If you have any particular concerns, please raise them with your Elder. In the meantime, the Elders will continue to monitor the situation closely with a view to re-opening as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.
I can also confirm that lettings have ceased by mutual consent with those hiring our premises.
We will continue to worship online, via Zoom, every Sunday at 10:40am. Whilst worshiping online is not ideal, it is valued by a large number of people, not just from Redland Park but also from around Bristol, the UK and even internationally. If you would like to join us, I can provide you with the necessary details.
Finally, the responsibility for running our worship online is currently shared amongst a “Top Tech Team” of four, and we’d like to spread the load further if at all possible. It’s not particularly difficult; you only need to be reasonably proficient with a laptop or tablet, and the team will train you up. So, if you feel you could help, please let me know; the more people who help, the lighter the commitment will be!
With all best wishes,
Secretary, Redland Park URC
07984 146 318
We are happy to report that the church building is re-open and you can book a place at any or every Sunday service by contacting the Church Secretary. We also continue with hybrid services, so if you would like to join us by zoom, please also contact the Church Secretary for password and ID.
WE ARE SORRY TO REPORT THAT THE CHURCH BUILDING HAS BEEN CLOSED AGAIN DUE TO GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AND THE IMPOSITION OF A NEW LOCKDOWN. ALL SERVICES ARE NOW ONLINE AGAIN AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.
LETTER FROM THE CHURCH SECRETARY:
As you will no doubt know, Redland Park URC has been closed for worship since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am, therefore, delighted to be able to write to you on behalf of the minister and Elders with our plans for re-opening the church for worship. They have been put together by a group representing interests across the church and have at their heart our primary ethos: safety.
We plan to restart worshiping in church from Sunday 13th September.
This may feel divisive but we hope to increase capacity and capability fairly rapidly; treat first two services as “pilots”.
Every Sunday for the forseeable future we will be worshipping together online via the web conferencing app Zoom. We meet online at 10.40am every Sunday.
To join us contact our church secretary Andrew Hayden for details. Also see our new Online Worship page where we will be posting links to the recorded services on Vimeo.
Latest news and events for Redland Park are logged here.