Staying Covid-Safe

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St Philip's PCC has decided that all the existing safety precautions we have been following will also remain in place. We want as many people as possible to feel safe attending our services, and there are members of the clergy, lay ministers, and congregation members who are in at-risk categories, and retaining these measures is for the protection of all.

Please do not visit St Philip's or attend a service if you:

- Have cold-like symptoms that may indicate you have COVID

- ​Believe you may have been infected with COVID and/or have been in recent contact with someone who has COVID or symptoms of COVID

- Have had a positive result from a home rapid lateral flow test and/or you are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 PCR test 

When visiting St Philips for any reason:

+Social distancing is now a personal choice, but people are asked to respect other attendees' wishes and choices regarding this.

+ Face coverings/masks are no longer mandatory but are recommended in enclosed or crowded places, particularly where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.

+ Hand sanitiser is available, as regular use of hand sanitiser and/or hand washing is still recommended

+ We are taking steps to avoid overcrowding

+ We will be ensuring good ventilation, so if the weather is cold, you are advised to wear warm clothing!

In addition to the above, during church services:

+ ​Holy Communion is now being administered in both kinds (that is consecrated bread and wine). Wine is administered from a shared chalice. It is your choice if and how you receive communion. For example, you may only wish to receive the consecrated bread. 

+ We are continuing to recommend non-contact sharing of the peace

+ We will be singing, but again, it is advisable to keep a mask on.

We will continue to offer a range of online and telephone support and live streams of Sunday services from the benefice.