Dear members and friends

The Church Council of Somerset West United met tonight (18 March) and discussed the practical implications of the Corona virus. We were mindful of the protocols sent out by the Uniting Presbyterian Church, the United Congregational Church and local churches in the Helderberg area. We are also very grateful for the advice given by many of our members via email and in person.

We have decided the following:

Sunday Services
Sunday Services will be suspended from Sunday 22 March until and including Sunday 5 April.

Bevan and George will record sermons on video and make these available on YouTube and Facebook.

The Buildings will be open on Sundays from 9 – 10am for prayer. A minister will be in attendance. Social distancing and safety protocols will apply and the recorded sermon will be played on screen at 9:30am.

Intimations leaflets will be e-mailed on our mailing list; they will be printed and delivered to Retirement villages where 3 or more members live. They will also be printed and kept at the office on Friday mornings if anyone wants to pick them up.

Thursday Services
Thursday services will be suspended from Thursday 26 March until and including Thursday 9 April 2020

The Buildings will be open on Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30am for prayer. A minister will be in attendance. Social distancing and safety protocols will apply and the recorded sermon will be played on screen at 10am.

Holy Communion will not be celebrated until further notice. George is willing to take Home Communions or Life Group Communions by request during April and going forward until things normalize.

Easter in Music and Song – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April 2020 is Cancelled.

Easter Retreat – Saturday 28 March 2020 is still on!
Social distancing and safety protocols above apply;

Sports Day at Charles Morkel – Saturday 28 March 2020 is cancelled.

Life Groups, Youth, Women’s and Men’s Groups
We encourage all these to stay open.  We consider them vital for care and contact. 


But we leave it at the discretion of every group.

The Church Office
Some staff are on leave during parts of the next three weeks.
The Church office will be open daily from 08h30 to 12h30 until Tuesday 14 April to continue supporting the ongoing ministry of the Church.  Ministers are available by request over the phone or in person.

All pastoral visiting is suspended until further notice and both home and hospital visitors are being asked to replace their visits with a telephone call.

Holy week and Easter Services
Holy week services for Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 April be cancelled;
Sunrise Service cancelled because the Helderberg Nature Reserve is closed until further notice.

Council will meet on Monday 30 March 2020 to consider Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services and report to the congregation by Tuesday 31st.


George Marchinkowski
Lead Minister


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