Church of England Diocese of Southwark St. Bartholomew, Sydenham

Covid 19 arrangements

We are pleased to be open in these challenging times.

The highest priority is keeping everyone safe and well in our church and our communities.  Following Government and national Church guidelines we have put certain measures in place for when the building is in use.

When visiting St Bartholomew's for worship or any other reason, please give attention to the following:

Face coverings must be worn in the building, unless you are in the exempt categories.

Hand sanitiser is available by the entrance and by the door to the toilets.  Please use this as soon as you enter the building, and make sure to wash your hands regularly.

Social distancing guidelines must be followed, including when seated in the pews.  Family groups or household bubbles of no more than 6 people may sit together.  To help with social distancing some of the pews have been blocked off and there is a one-way route around the main church space.

Service / prayer sheets should not be shared.  Please take them home with you after services or put them in the recycling box by the exit.  Do not leave them in the pews.  The sheets are printed and prepared at least 72 hours before each service.

If you do have Coronavirus symptoms, please stay at home and follow the NHS guidelines for test and trace.

Thank you for your consideration as we all do what we can to care for ourselves and care for one another.

Government and national Church guidelines also effect some aspects of our worship:

Music and singing.  We do have music from our organ, piano or recorded music, but sadly we are unable to sing at present.  Happily we do have people singing solos during some of our Parish Eucharists.  If you play an instrument and would like to contribute to our worship, do speak to our music director, Dennis.  Unfortunately brass, woodwind and other blown instruments are not currently permitted.

Holy Communion.  We are able to receive Communion, but in the form of bread only, placed into the recipients hands by the Priest.  We receive Communion one at a time from the priest in front of the altar, giving attention to social distancing while we wait.

The Peace.  We do share the peace with one another at some of our services, but without contact and staying in our places.  We've quickly developed new ways to greet each other!

Offering / Collection.  We are not able to pass round a plate or bag to take an offering.  However if you do wish to make a gift or donation as part of your worship there is a collection basket by the entrance and a donation box in the wall by the exit at our services.  Our treasurer, Peter, has a contactless card payment point or donations can be made on-line at this site or our web-site.