Church of England Diocese of Manchester Walmsley

DECISIONS by the PCC of WALMSLEY PARISH on the easing of Covid restrictions + new patterns of worship

24 Sep 2021, noon
From_the_Vicar Notices

Following the meeting of the Walmsley Parish Parochial Church Council on Tuesday 7 September to discuss how to manage the lifting of restrictions, we have drawn up guidance of a gradual release designed to keep the church feeling safe enough for the anxious and wary to come.

FOR NEW PATTERNS OF WORSHIP, please see attached document from Reverend Carol Hayden

PRECAUTIONS: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">We will continue to monitor the situation and review these restrictions over the coming weeks.</span>

Here are the decisions agreed by the members of the PCC:

Sanitiser: still required on entry.

Face-coverings: Still required on entry and exit but which can be removed when you are seated. We still wish to ensure that we are keeping everyone safe.

Taking of names of those present: Still required to be done to help trace if/when needed

Distancing: Still required - 2m or every other pew

Congregational singing: Now permitted without face-coverings whilst seated. Choir may lead the singing but should be seated with suitable distance.

Communion Wine: Communion still in one form only: wafer only

Small groups: You may sit in friendship & family groups.

Tea and coffee after the service: Not for now, but look to start in September all being well

Cleaning of Church buildings: Still required if event within 72 hours

Baptisms, Weddings & funerals: Names preferred for track & trace. Masks to be worn entering & leaving church, but can be removed when seated.

Numbers allowed to attend: Maximum of 50 for baptisms (as pre-pandemic limit).

Weddings and funerals: however many can be safely accommodated.

We also discussed whether it would be a good idea to take people’s temperature before entering church, especially as and when we take the decision to dispense with masks. What are your views on this ...?