Church of England Diocese of Leeds Leeds Saint Aidan

Emerging from Lockdown: Welcome back to Sunday Mass

4 Sep 2020, 8 p.m.
Church_news Notices

When will Sunday Mass resume?

The celebration of Sunday Mass will resume from Sunday 16 August 2020 at 10.00am.

From what time can I arrive?

The church doors will open at 9.45am.

Please enter the church through the West Door from Roundhay Road.

Can everybody just come?

No, at the moment there are restrictions to the number of people we are allowed to have in the church building at any one time.

Do I need to book a place?

Yes, you need to book a place. We can only welcome you into church if you have booked.

How do I book?

There are three ways:

1. online via the website: www.staidan-leeds.org.uk

2. emailing Mrs Pat Case: [email protected] or

3. phoning the church phone: 07754 450967.

At the time of booking you must let us know how many people are in your booking (individual, couple or bubble/family).

Your place is only reserved if you have received a confirmation by email or by phone. If all places are booked up for a particular Sunday, you will have priority for the next Sunday you wish to attend.

What if I feel unwell on Sunday morning?

Please do not come to church if you feel unwell, especially if you experience any COVID19 related symptoms, like a temperature, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell or other cold and flue related symptoms.

Where do I enter into the church?

There is a One Way system through church.

You enter the church through the West Door on Roundhay Road, and you leave the church through the South Door onto Elford Place West.

What if I need level access?

You must inform us about your accessibility needs at the time of booking and we will make personal arrangements for you.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring along the following:

1. The copy of the order of service sent to you by post. If you have not received this or require extra copies you can pick them up in the church on a Sunday. Please take them home and bring them with you whenever you attend Sunday Mass.

2. Personal items like tissues and personal hand sanitisers, a water bottle if you might require something to drink.

3. A face mask/covering

Do I need to wear a face mask/face covering?

Government now requires face masks to be worn in places of worship by law. The only exemptions are for clergy leading the service, and people who for health reasons are unable to wear face masks/coverings. Please wear a face mask/covering throughout the service except for when you are reading the lesson, preaching or leading intercessions. See below for Holy Communion.

What will happen when I arrive?

Please wait outside the church, keeping the recommended distance of 2 metres from any other worshippers outside.

You will be invited into church one person/couple/bubble/family at a time.

As you enter, please use the hand sanitisers provided at the entrance.

Please pick up a copy of the weekly sheet from the side (and take it home with you after the service).

You can have your temperature checked if you wish, but this is not a requirement.

Please make sure we have correct contact details for you as part of the government’s track and trace programme in case we have to contact you after the service.

You will be shown to your seat(s). Please do not linger in the entrance area, please do not mix and mingle with other worshippers inside the building.

Will there be music?

Yes, there will be organ music (or CD music if our organist is unavailable)

Will we be singing?

No, at this point in time, singing is not permitted in the service. The choir will not return to leading our worship until the guidance has changed.

What about Holy Communion?

Mass will be celebrated and you will be able to receive Holy Communion. The priest will follow a strict hygiene protocol, including wearing a face shield for the administration.

The priest will say to everybody ‘The Body of Christ’ and we will reply ‘Amen’ before we come forward to receive Holy Communion.

You will be invited to come forward to receive Holy Communion after the altar party and servers have received Holy Communion.

As you come forward, please follow the arrows up the centre aisle and return to your seats via the side aisles. Please respect people’s space and observe physical distancing.

You can remove your face mask/covering for receiving Holy Communion.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided before receiving Holy Communion.

You will receive Holy Communion in one kind (the consecrated bread only).

You will receive Holy Communion on the hand (not on the tongue).

The priest will not say anything to you at the time of administration of Holy Communion.

Please wear your face mask/covering as you return to your seat and for the remainder of the service.

Can I light a candle?

Yes, you can light a candle at the Redeemer Statue in the north aisle. Please light the candle after the service has finished. Please observe physical distancing at the candle stand. Please be patient with each other.

Will somebody pray with me if I have a personal intention?

Yes, clergy will be available to pray with you after the Mass. They will not be able to lay on hands and will observe a physical distance from you, but they will pray with and for you and for your intentions.

Can I be anointed?

No, at present anointing is only used as part of end of life ministry. We will pray with you and give you God’s blessing.

What about Holy Water stoups?

The Holy Water stoups have to remain empty for the time being. This should not discourage you from marking yourself with the sign of the cross on entering and exiting the building.

What about toilets?

The accessible toilet in the rotunda is available for your use. Please maintain good personal hygiene and wash your hands. The toilets in the church hall are not available.

Will there be refreshments?

No, there will be no refreshments before, during or after the service.

Will there be food parcels?

No, there will be no food parcels on Sundays. The weekly FoodShare has moved to Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm. You are very welcome to collect a food parcel any Saturday from the St Aidan’s Community Hall.