Covid safety guidance for returning to our church buildings
We are delighted to announce that we plan to resume worship in our church buildings from Palm Sunday, 28 March, with social distancing measures in place and with everyone wearing a face covering. Please refer to the 'Services and events' page for details of services and how to book for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
The restrictions currently in place mean that people attending church services must only sit with people in their household or support bubble and “…must not join any other group or mingle with any other person from another group.”
Keeping everyone safe
Please note: if you or anyone in your household is unwell with any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please follow NHS guidelines by isolating as instructed. Please do not come to any worship services or church activities if you have anything like a cold or flu bug or anything else that might be contagious.
1. Please note that, in line with Government and Church of England guidance, all worshippers will be required to wear a face covering whilst in church.
2. Please queue outside for church entry through the main door observing the 2-metre social distancing rule.
3. On arriving and when leaving the church building, we request you clean your hands with the hand gel provided.
4. To assist with NHS Test and Trace, we have unique QR codes for each church and posters with the code are displayed in both churches, meaning if you have the NHS Test and Trace app downloaded on your mobile phone, you can scan the code as you come into church. Alternatively, if you do not have access to the app, as you enter church for a service, someone will record your name and contact telephone number; if you are coming as a family group or social 'bubble', one person’s details will be sufficient. These records will be retained for 21 days to comply with the government’s track and trace scheme, and then destroyed.
5. Please wait to be escorted to a seat by a Churchwarden or steward. People from the same household or 'bubble' can sit together. Everyone else will need to observe appropriate social distancing at all times.
6. Sadly, at present no congregational singing is permitted.
7. We will not be serving refreshments until further restrictions are lifted.
8. When we celebrate Holy Communion, this will be administered as bread (communion wafer) only. Please wait to be directed by a Churchwarden, and circulate back to your seat, keeping 2 metres away from others at all times. The communion wafer will be dropped onto your hands by the Priest in silence.
9. There will be no cash collection or passing the collection bags at any of our services. Please use bank transfer/standing order to set up a regular direct debit, send a cheque to the PCC Treasurer or make an online donation through the ‘Donating to our Churches’ page of the website or directly via this link
10. Please do not shake hands or hug people before, during or after the service, and please do not congregate outside.
Keeping in touch with those not able to return to church at the moment
It is important to remember that ‘although we are all in the same storm, we are in very different boats’ and returning to church in person for some people will not be appropriate at the moment. We want to accommodate as many people as possible to access our services and we will therefore be recording our main Sunday morning services and publishing them on our YouTube channel as soon as possible after the service. You can also access these by visiting the ‘Watch a Service’ page.
We hope to see you soon.