Welcome to the church of St Chad Hopwas in the parish of Tamworth. St Chad's Church serves the communities of Hopwas and Riverside. A small, yet friendly and welcoming, church community in an idyllic and charming setting. The church was instigated by Rev William McGregor, curate in the parish of Tamworth, in 1879.
On the 2nd July, the government announced that churches could re-open for services but with a number of restrictions in place. We are discussing how we might open St Chad’s and we are waiting for the Church of England and Lichfield Diocese to clarify what is allowed. We are hoping that we can open St Chad’s in the last week of July or first week of August. With the current restrictions in place, this is what we are proposing:
We are not allowed singing whatsoever, so whatever form of service we hold it will have to be spoken only. The common cup is prohibited so communion would have to be in one kind only. We understand that some people are, quite naturally, anxious to even participate in that. One thing that needs to be taken into consideration is that we have a congregation that are in the vulnerable bracket and therefore deep cleaning the church, following a public opening, puts people at an unnecessary risk. That is the reason we have kept the church closed for 72 hours between open days. It follows that if we hold a regular Sunday service either someone will have to deep clean the church to allow our current opening schedule or the church would have to be open on every Sunday and Thursday only. This may not be convenient for everybody.
We are considering holding Morning Prayer (spoken) on Sunday morning. There would be no singing and sadly, no refreshments. However, if the weather is fair, people could meet (socially distanced of course) outside and chat.
To help us with our deliberations, it would be helpful to know who would attend Morning Prayer and who would prefer a Communion service, if we held one, and whether you would be prepared to receive communion in one kind only. Whatever service we decide to hold, we will need to decide on an appropriate time and again, we would welcome feedback regarding that.
Whatever decision is made, we intend, for the foreseeable future, to continue with the online virtual service for those who are unable or unwilling to attend in person.
We are pleased to announce, following guidance from the Church of England and Lichfield Diocese, St Chad’s will be open, twice per week, for private prayer & reflection from Monday 29thJune. There are strict rules that have to be followed to ensure that we remain safe from this virus. Please read the notice on the church door and observe all of the restrictions in place. Some pews are chained off and the choir and sanctuary are ‘out of bounds’. Hand cleanser is provided at the entrance of the church and the votive candle stand (you will need your own lighter if you wish to light a candle). Cleaning wipes for any surfaces that you touch are available in the church. The dates when the church will be open are staggered so that we do not need to deep-clean the church each time and are posted on this site, facebook and the church notice boards.
Thank you for your co-operation.
St Chad Hopwas is one of four churches in the Parish of Tamworth. The other churches are St Editha in the town centre, St Francis in Leyfields and St Andrew in Kettlebrook.