Opening Our Churches
Following recent government announcements, we are able to open our churches for individual private prayer, subject to carrying out the required risk assessment and making certain provisions to minimise any risk of spreading the Coronavirus.
Those visiting any of our churches should clean their hands both on entry and exit with the hand gel provided, and need to continue to observe the current social distancing rules while in church. Visitors should not share a pew with anyone else, other than members of their household or bubble, and should not enter those areas of each church that have been marked with barrier tape as ‘no entry”.
Because we are in a comparatively sparsely populated area, the risk of cross infection is deemed to be low, provided visitors comply with the hand-cleaning and distancing guidelines. However, to further minimise risk, at the end of any set period when a church is open, it will then be secured and left effectively in quarantine for 72 hours before re-opening, at which time the medical advice is that the risk of onward infection has become negligible.
Accordingly, we have developed a timetable for when each church will be open, which meets these government and Church of England criteria above, but without imposing any additional cleaning and sanitising burden on our limited church staff.
The agreed timetable is as follows
St Michael and All Angels Barton Turf
Thursday from 10 to 1
Sunday 1 to 5
St Peter’s Neatishead
Tuesday 10 to 5
St Michael Irstead
Wednesday 10 to 1
Saturday 1 to 5
St Benedict Horning
Monday 1 to 5
Friday 10 to 1
St Swithin Ashmanaugh
Saturday 10 to 5
We look forward to beginning a weekly service in each church, commencing 11 April. Please visit the appropriate webpage for times of services.
With every blessing