Re-opening our Churches – some good news!
14th June 2020
Following the early move to Phase 3 of the de-escalation plans, I am delighted to announce the following plans for re-starting services in our Chaplaincy. It will be a staged return for some weeks to come, as listed below. Please remember that our return is strictly governed but the Spanish Government’s laws, FEREDE (the Ministry of Justice agency governing non-Catholic churches) and our own Diocesan guidelines.
Starting on Wednesday 24 June, and then each Wednesday:
10.30am Said Eucharist at St Andrew’s, Los Boliches
Starting on Sunday 28 June, and then each Sunday:
9.30am Said Eucharist at Calahonda Church
11.30am Said Eucharist at Alhaurin Chapel
Sadly, we cannot meet all the rules & regs to make it possible to safely use the chapel at Benalmadena at the moment.
To meet the rules and regulations governing our return, we will need your help - and ask everyone attending to please:
Make use of hand gel as you enter the church (even if you are gloved)
Wear face masks
Sit in the allocated seats – starting from the front (back at Los Boliches) and where a service order has been placed. Those from the same household may sit together.
Keep to the 2m social distancing.
Holy Communion will be given in one kind (wafer alone) and please make sure your hand is open to receive the wafer.
There will be a retiring collection
Please leave as directed, starting from the back (front at Los Boliches) of church.
Sadly there can be no singing in these early weeks of returning.
Clearly this is not Church as we know it – hopefully as restrictions continue to be eased, we can slowly return to our usual pattern of worship.
I strongly believe it is worth following these simple rules and regs, so that we can start to gather together again for worship, and to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, denied to all of us for so many weeks now.
Thank you for your help to make our return run as smoothly as possible. Fr Nigel