Church of England Diocese of Exeter Weare Giffard

COVID-19 - Attending church


We hope to welcome you back to church soon. Some of you may not feel ready, and if you have been shielding, are over 70 and/or clinically vulnerable with existing health conditions we must advise you that returning is not advised at present, in line with government advice. Individuals aged 70 years and over attending the place of worship Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.

THERE WILL BE A BOOKING SCHEME FOR ATTENDANCE. If you would like to come to a service please telephone either Andrew Tregoning (for Littleham services) on  01237 479459 or Rev’d Marisa (for Weare Giffard services) on  01237 239339 IN ADVANCE. If we do not have room for everyone we will repeat the service on a different day (the church will be closed for 72 hours before and after the service).

This is what you will find when you arrive:

 Please wait quietly, and be aware of social distancing from others outside your household  You are advised to wear a face mask (Govt update of 17th July)

 You will be met and directed to a hand sanitising station

 You will be asked whether you consent to giving contact information for the NHS Test and Trace scheme.

 You will be shown to the next available allocated seat. Please note our buildings can accommodate far fewer numbers with social distancing.

 Once seated, please remain seated at all times.

 Within the service, there will be no singing, no exchanging of the peace, no collection

 If the service is Holy Communion the priest will bring the wafer to you in your seat.

 Services will last no longer than 30 minutes.  There will be no refreshments.

 When the service is over please leave the building as directed by your stewards, remember to sanitise your hands again, and do not linger outside.

These measures are a challenge, but they are there for your safety, and your clergy and stewards must comply with all guidance they receive. Please respect others – we are in this together - and help them to help you.