Through its Places of Worship Taskforce, the Government has worked with faith leaders and representatives to develop comprehensive guidance to support the safe reopening of places of worship for public worship from 4 July 2020. The House of Bishops welcomed and commended this decision at their meeting on 24 June.
Following this very welcome news, we have considered whether this is practical and possible for us here at St. Paul's. We have looked at all the actions and procedures that would have to be put in place. We have concluded that we can safely open the building for Eucharists on Sundays at 10 am and Wednesdays at 10 am. Therefore, on Sunday 5 July at 10 am we will hold the first public Eucharist in the building since 22nd March.
We know that you will want to consider very carefully whether you should attend public worship, in light of your own circumstances. To help you to do this, we have a risk assessment in place and we have provided a document (available on our website), describing how things will be organised and the measures that will be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
You will be welcomed with joy if you decide to attend. If you decide that for the present you will not come to the services, please be reassured that live streaming and recordings will continue to be available as they are now. Check our YouTube channel.
If you want to know more about the social distancing and safety measures, please watch this video.
From the Vicar and Churchwardens