Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Update concerning covid-19 on 14th August

As of 8th August 2020 Government requirements concerning the use of face coverings in church buildings have changed. The Church of England and ourselves at St Peter’s continue to cautiously explore the way forward.

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship and church halls. While there are exemptions this is a legal requirement.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

Those who are leading services or events in a place of worship, and those who assist them (for instance by reading, preaching, or leading prayer) do not always need to wear a face covering, although one should be worn especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e. distributing consumables) This exemption does not apply to worshippers, who should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space.

Church opening for worship

We are now holding small services in St Peter's once a fortnight. If you would like to come along it would be great to see you. Track and Trace means we have to keep a record of who attends. Please use the sign up sheet in St Ed's or contact Rev Paul (by phone or e mail) and he will ‘book you in’.

We are also exploring other options, including outdoors.

The livestreams are all continuing on the St Ed's facebook page.

The church building continues to be open for personal, private, prayer.  St Peter’s is open from 10am to 3pm each day.

Health and safety guidelines warn that it is safest for as few people as possible to come into contact with one another so we will not have any people welcoming those who come.

Please help to reduce the risk of infection by –

• USING face coverings inside the church building

• USING the hand gel as you enter and as you leave the building.

• OBSERVING social distancing at all times.

• TAKING a paper cross to put on your seat before you leave. This will help others to know when a seat has already been used. If you have a prayer request please write this on the underside of your cross, (these will be collected at the end of each day).

Please AVOID those areas of the church that have been roped off or covered.

There are notices in the porch and church reminding everyone of these requirements.

For further information contact Revd. Paul Seabrook on 01603 868217 or by email at [email protected]

The Church of England will be offering a national weekly service which will be broadcast online each Sunday via social media and daily audio of prayer during the day and night prayer will also be available.