Updated 11 January 2021

Although Oxfordshire is now in Tier 5 of the Covid protection levels, public worship is allowed. Churches, and all other religious groups, are allowed to continue holding services. However, that does not mean to do so is sensible, wise, safe, or a good witness of our faith to the community.

The decision on whether to hold services or not rests with the churchwardens, in consultation with the PCC. The PCC have considered all the pros and cons, and have decided that on balance it is best if we stop having services, at least till the end of January, and do our bit to back up the “stay at home” message. This position was supported by 8 members of the PCC, including both churchwardens. Two members thought that on balance we should continue, and 3 could be described as neutral in their views.

We should also say that we have received a good deal of advice from “on high” – i.e. archdeacon and bishops. Their direction could be summed up in the phrase “if in doubt don’t”. We would also by law have to complete a new and updated Risk Assessment reflecting the new C-19 variant, which would be difficult bearing in mind the many unknowns.

Other local Anglican churches are doing different things. Holy Trinity, St Nicholas Marston, and St Ebbe’s in Headington are stopping services. St Andrew’s is continuing. We don’t know about others, as some are still deciding.

We are not leaving you comfortless! The following are in hand:

If you have internet access, services are available from the diocese, at 10.00am every Sunday, at Oxford Diocese Online Services

We are holding an online service of Compline at 8:30pm on Sunday evenings using the Zoom platform. Details are in the Church Calendar.

God bless you all at this difficult time.

With best wishes from your churchwardens, James Larminie & Janet Marx.

Holy Week

posted 5 Apr 2020, 02:23 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 5 Apr 2020, 02:25 ]

The Diocese of Oxford have organised live streaming of services for Holy Week. You can find a pdf version of this here

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