St Mary the Virgin, Westerham
Welcome to St Mary's Church, located in the centre of Westerham in Kent.
The church is now open again for in person worship, with all limits on numbers removed.
The church will now be open from 9am each day for private prayer and visitors.
Weddings, funerals and burials of ashes can also now proceed without limits on attendees.
Covid 19 Update - September 2021: The infection rate is rapidly rising locally and less so nationally. The Church of England’s latest guidance, in the light of this situation, says vaccination cannot be the sole means of containing the spread of the virus: hand and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, face-coverings and good ventilation are also important factors in lessening the spread of the disease.
We have updated our guidance below to reflect this. There are now no restrictions but, as Christians and community members, we have a responsibility to act with care for each other. Please do what you can to help keep everyone as safe as possible when we worship.
Social distancing – Keep a sensible distance between households when you sit. We have reserved one area where we are using alternate rows for seating. Please ask one of the sidespeople if you would like a seat there.
Mask wearing – Face coverings are no longer mandatory but are important for reducing the spread of the virus, especially indoors and when singing. If you can, please keep your mask on throughout the service, including when singing and when coming up for communion. If you are in the choir, or speaking during the service, please keep your mask on when not singing or speaking.
Hand sanitiser - Please remember to use this, as you enter and prior to Communion.
The choir will now comprise up to ten singers and congregational singing can also take place – both when organist and singers are available.
All of the above will be kept under constant review as conditions change -
Reverend David Fox-Branch, Priest in Charge
We are not perfect, but we invite anyone to join with us as we are discovering more about the love of God and learning how we can reflect that love to each other.
To find out more, please contact our Parish Office on 01959 561330 or [email protected]
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The parish of Westerham: St Mary the Virgin is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSO. The Diocese of Rochester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.