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Services in Church 
We are starting Sunday services in Church again - at least for a trial period. There will be a service of Holy Communion on Sundays at 10:30am.  
It will be a short and simple service without hymns. We will maintain proper physical distancing and hygiene procedures will be observed, especially during the administration of communion which will be wafers only. If you wish to come - and you are welcome to do so - it would be helpful if you could  
let the Vicar know using our contact form or by emailing  
Then we can have some idea of numbers and make the necessary arrangements. This is an opportunity for those who feel able and ready to attend, and no one should feel under pressure to do so. 
Please also see the guidance below on what to expect. 
We will continue to record services for each Sunday, which will be available  
here on the website. See below for details. 
Guidance for services in St Laurence Church, Downton 
What we will be doing: 
We will keep a list of names and telephone numbers for 21 days of all who attend a service, in case we need to contact you should anyone later develop symptoms of coronavirus. 
We will sit socially distanced. Seat cards will be in place and the steward/warden will be there to assist. 
Service sheets will be available. Please take them home with you. 
There will be no singing in church. 
Communion will be received by wafer only. 
The Vicar will be using hand sanitiser and wearing a mask when handling the wafers. 
During the administration of communion the Vicar will come to you. 
At the end of the service please leave church immediately using the one-way system. 
Toilets will be available but please speak to a steward/warden before using them. 
Tea/coffee will not be available. 
What you need to do: 
Let the Vicar know each time if you are coming to a service. 
Please do not come to church if you or a member of your household are showing symptoms of the virus. 
If you subsequently develop symptoms, please contact us as soon as possible. 
Facemasks must be worn (see the Church of England guidance for further information on this). 
Please enter church properly distanced, and leave via the one-way system. 
On arrival please use the hand sanitiser which will be available just inside the church doors. 
We will ask you to sign in on entry and also leave a contact number. 
Please sit only in the seats marked with a card showing a green tick. 
Please see our Latest News page for other information on how  
we are responding to the Coronavirus situation. 
Service for Sunday 25th October 2020 
Our recorded service for this Sunday is a service of readings,  
prayers, reflection and music.  
There is an order of service available to view online or download if you wish  
to join in with the prayers and responses. 
Compline (Night Prayer) 
Compline is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.  
There is now a recorded service of compline available, and the order of service can be downloaded or viewed online if you wish to join in with the prayers and responses, or prefer just to use the service on your own. 
Previous services still available online: 
Our recorded services include readings, prayers, a reflection and music. For most of them there is an order of service available to view online or download if you wish to join in with the prayers and responses. 
See our archive page for recordings of earlier services. 
Usual pattern of services (we will resume this as soon as we are able) 
8.00am - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays: Holy Communion - Book of Common Prayer * 
10.00 am 1st Sunday: Morning Prayer with Hymns *** 
10.00 am 2nd & 4th Sundays: Holy Communion with Hymns and Psalm ** 
10.00 am 3rd Sunday: Church for Everyone ** 
5th Sunday - Downton Churches Together united service. See below or in the Parish Magazine for details of these services. 
We invite you to join us for coffee and biscuits after the 10am services. On 3rd Sundays coffee is served before the service, from 9.45am, as well as after the service. 
There will be a Holy Communion service held every Sunday in at least one church in the Team. 
If you would like Communion in your own home please contact the Team Rector, Revd Frank Gimson, or please complete our on-line contact form.  
Which Service for you? 
Our 8.00 am service is always *Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer (the traditional 1662 prayer book). It is a quiet service without music. 
At 10.00 am on the third Sunday of the month we have an Cafe-style **Church for Everyone. This is informal, of special interest to families and takes place at the back of church. 
On the other Sundays of the month (except 5th Sundays) the 10.00 am service is either **Holy Communion, from Common Worship, or *** Morning Prayer. 
** Holy Communion, known also as ‘The Eucharist’, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ or ‘Mass’ is a service of readings and prayers that lead up to a symbolic sharing of bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper. 
In addition Holy Communion from Common Worship includes hymns and some sung responses. All services include a sermon or talk or other narrative lasting between 5 and 15 minutes.  
*** Morning Prayer, at 10am on the 1st Sunday of the month, is a straightforward, 
easy to follow service lasting about 45min. The form of the service follows Common Worship and includes hymns and a sermon.  
It may be led by a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) 
A Summer Rota operates in August: - 
Only one Holy Communion service each Sunday at either 8am or 10am. 
Our church is open daily, during daylight hours, for private prayer.  
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