Advice for Public Worship
Public services resumed on 4th July 2020.
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">At St Matthias, we have conducted a risk assessment and drawn up a protocol for public worship and the public celebration of Mass with Holy Communion.</span>
Please note this is not “back to normal”. We must be careful to observe all the safety precautions to safeguard public health, in particular:
• Use the hand gel on arriving at and leaving church
• Maintain two metres distance
• Only sit in the marked social distanced places (people in the same household or “bubble” may sit in the same place)
• No singing or loud speaking
• Face coverings must now be worn, unless you are exempt
• Holy Communion will be given in one kind, in the hand, and standing (not at the altar rail). Please be assured that Holy Communion in one kind is still fully Holy Communion. Christ is received whole and entire under either kind alone.
• Do not come to church if you have any coronavirus symptoms (new continuous cough, fever, or loss or change of the senses of taste or smell).
Please do bear in mind that the opening of churches is permission to come to Mass, not obligation. Not everyone will be able to come to church, or will feel confident doing so at this stage. This is fine and no-one should feel under any pressure at all. Some may prefer to come to Mass on a weekday when congregations are very small. Holy Communion may also be received at home by arrangement.
Live-streaming on weekdays will end, but the Sunday Mass will continue to be live-streamed (subject to the technology) for those who wish to watch from home.