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Public Worship: Sunday services

We can now announce that public worship has resumed from Sunday 12th July at 10:30am - PLEASE NOTE THE TIME.

 

  • Holy Communion at 10.30am every Sunday. There will be 36 tickets available which you will need to book on ChurchSuite or through phoning the office on 01274 777720 before 12noon on Friday.
  • Households will be able to sit together. If demand goes beyond that number we will look to respond.
  • The Sunday 10:30am service will be live streamed so that everyone can still worship at home. You can continue to watch this via the usual channels, as detailed on our online services page, or by finding the YouTube video below.
  • Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer will continue online at 9am and 5pm. These will become public worship services from Monday 3rd August with the clergy based in the cathedral but accessible online too.
  • During the next two months we will be regularly reviewing the public worship that we offer. I expect a midweek service to be introduced next.
  • In the meantime, the Cathedral will continue to be open for private prayer every afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday throughout July and August.

 

 

What will the 10.30am Sunday service be like?

 

The safety of the staff and congregation is our top priority.  The Government and Church of England has excellent guidelines which the Cathedral will be following and need to be read by everyone who may consider attending.

 

Public worship will look and feel very different from anything that has gone before. However, the experience in cathedrals on 5th July suggests that it is profoundly engaging. Without going into all the detail here are a few headlines describing what it will be like.

  • On entry and exit you are invited to engage in hand cleansing. Also, prior to receiving Communion please use your own bottle of gel for cleansing.
  • There will be an organist and a cantor but, sadly, no choir or congregational singing.
  • All seating will have a two-metre spacing and we do request a minimum of movement by congregation.
  • A one-way system for entry and exit.  Please enter by the usual North door and exit by the South-east door. Greeting members of the congregation can happen outside in an appropriately distanced manner. There are no refreshments.
  • Holy Communion will be wafer only and standing by your seat.
  • The service is downloadable from our website. Whilst there will be orders of service available that need to be taken away from the cathedral, we would encourage you to download it on to your tablet, iPhone or iPad to bring to the service. This is a green option that is being encouraged now.

 

PLEASE NOTE the following Government advice.

 

  • Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) should not attend the place of worship due to the risk that they pose to others; they should self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household
  • Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from Covid-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions
  • Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household
  • Shielded patients are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship
  • To ensure safety is upheld, the Cathedral needs to be cleaned before and after a service and be left for the required number of hours before future acts of worship can take place; this will mean that there will just be one service each day at the moment. 

It is important that we bring these matters to your attention so that you can make the best decision for yourself and others.

 

As we look to the future both the offline and online communities of Bradford Cathedral are going to be really important for us. Over the next few weeks we shall be switching from pre-recorded Sunday worship to live streaming and this will require us to learn more new ways of constructing worship so please do feed back to us your comments, questions and encouragements! This challenging time is also a moment of opportunity and like the early Christians we need to be open to the new ways of the Spirit.

 

Dean Jerry

 

Private prayer continues from Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm - 4pm only.

 

New measures to keep people safe will include:

  • limiting the number of people allowed inPublic WorshipPublic Worship  side at any one time
  • a 'one way' system
  • much reduced seating
  • hand sanitisers at appropriate points
  • new signage to remind people of the health and safety around social distancing
  • the shop and the toilets will not be open at this time
  • only the nave will be accessible.

Please note that further details will be forthcoming and that the Cathedral office will remain closed.

 

The Dean, Jerry Lepine, said:
"We are delighted to be re-opening the cathedral for individual prayer. This is the beginning of a journey back towards normality which might take some months. We have been working towards a phased reopening and our primary concern is the safety of everyone - the public, our visitors, staff and volunteers.

 

"There is much to be done, and while we long to open our doors again, and welcome back those who wish to light a candle, say a prayer or reflect on these unprecedented times, we must ensure the safety and well-being of all. We would ask for your patience during these times and that all visitors help us by keeping to the new measures in place. We look forward to welcoming you again."

 

Bradford Cathedral closed its doors on March 23. Since that time it has responded to the crisis in creative and innovative ways offering a wide range of support - both practical and spiritual to the community - online and off - and has seen a growing number of people seeking prayer and worship in these uncertain times.

 

We will continue to offer digital services and these can be found on our online services page.

 

 

A prayer for re-opening

Here is a prayer for you to use as we move towards re-opening. Thank you to Dean Andrew at Southwark for providing this.

 

A prayer for re-opening.

 

Morning and Evening Prayer

Please join us daily for morning and / or evening prayer.

Morning Prayer at 9am
Online             https://meet.google.com/gzg-wryi-fof
Phone             020 3957 3722 then, when prompted, key in 255851314#

Evening Prayer at 5pm
Online             https://meet.google.com/zyx-hmcz-xeu
Phone             020 3937 2140 then, when prompted, key in 186694145#

 

Caring for each other

If you would like prayer please email us at prayer@bradfordcathedral.org or leave a message on the phone – 01274 777720.

If you would like to be in touch with the clergy please call 01274 777720 and leave a message or email us. Our contacts are on the website.

 

Bishop Nick's Blog

A daily blog is being posted – do read Bishop Nick. Here is a quote…


So, the question remains: does our confidence – our faith – lie in a set of personally positive circumstances or some equation for securing a future? Or does it lie in a conviction that transcends the immediate good or ill that being human necessarily brings us? In Christian terms, does my faith lie in a formula … or in the person of the God who takes a longer view and, as we will re-live at Easter, defies death itself?

 

Volunteering Opportunities

Bradford District is a place where the people band together. We help each other in times of need, we are a close knit and supportive community. Now especially is a time when people can get through this tough time together. Bradford Council are encouraging people to join their growing band of brilliant volunteers, helping and supporting everyone across our district so that people can get through tough times together.

 

While we are staying home and staying safe, people can still make a difference. If you are in need of urgent help or support, please call 01274 431000.

 

Click here to find out more.

 

Being a good neighbour

People Can have created a helpsheet all about being a good neighbour. Click here to download.

 

 

A prayer for today

 

Wakefield Cathedral - Guest Daily Briefings

 

Facebook support group

We have set up a support group on Facebook to help our community, as a place to offer support, ask for advice and to ask for prayers at Bradford Cathedral.

 

 

Phone Calls

From Friday 20th March when you call the cathedral you will automatically come through to our answer phone. We will be back in touch with you as soon as possible if you leave a message.

 

 

For further information

For the latest advice please visit the following sources:

 

Coronavirus prayer

For a text version please visit the Church of England website.

 

Coronavirus Prayer.