Church of England Diocese of Durham St. Oswald Durham

Worship at St Oswald's during COVID-19

30 Jul 2020, 4 p.m.
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We are delighted that St Oswald's is able to be open for public worship once again. We've been working hard to ensure that our services are as safe as possible and to make sure we follow all of the relevant guidance. Here's a breakdown of the measures we currently have in place:

Service times

We are currently having one Sunday service in church each week (Parish Eucharist, 11:15, rather than our usual 11:00). There is also an evening service (18:00) held virtually via Zoom. For details on how to join, please email [email protected]

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesday afternoons, 14:00 - 16:00.

Safety measures in church

In order to facilitate 2-metre distancing wherever possible, we have a one-way system in place, and only selected pews are in use. Hand sanitiser is available, and you are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask. Pews are cleaned after use. All books, orders of service, etc., have been removed from the pews; orders of service are still available, and we encourage you to take them home and bring them back for personal use. Attendees' details are recorded so that we can contact people in the case of possible infection.

Although these necessary measures can seem intimidating, our stewards at each service and prayer session will endeavour to help you to navigate them in the most stress-free way possible!


During the Eucharist, the congregation receives communion in one form only - just the bread. The priest receives the chalice on behalf of the whole congregation. No words of administration are said at the distribution of the bread, and communicants should not say 'Amen' at this point - instead, the congregation is invited to respond with 'Amen' as the priest takes communion.


Congregational singing continues to be prohibited. Organ music will be played at various points in the service, and most parts of the liturgy that are often sung will be spoken. Some parts may be sung by a single cantor.