Following the Government's announcement in respect of lifting COVID restrictions from 19th July, the Church of England published guidance based on the Government's Places of Worship Taskforce document.
Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and incumbents have a duty of care to those who worship in our churches, so the PCCs of Bremhill, Derry Hill and Foxham met last week to consider the guidance and how we may hold services as safely as possible. In view of the current available data in respect of infection and transmission rates, we believe that we must continue to take a cautious approach. It was acknowledged that the vaccine programme has had a positive impact but it feels premature to fully relax all current measures immediately.
In common with many other churches and retail and hospitality settings we are asking people to continue to observe the “Hands, Face, Space, Ventilation” measures which are currently in place. There will also be some easing of other requirements.
Booking will no longer be required
Social distancing remains in place. Please feel free to sit with members of your household or regular social ‘bubble’ in any pew where there are Orders of Service. To indicate your preference for space, place a kneeler on the pew.
Face coverings may be removed when you are seated. We ask that face coverings are worn
whenever you are moving around the building.
Communion (intincted wafers) may be received at the high altar (standing). To reduce queuing this will be conducted row-by-row.
Congregational singing will continue outdoors only (weather permitting)
Zoom services will continue
These measures take effect from 25<sup>th</sup> July and apply to the regular Sunday services. They will be reviewed every four weeks.
An amended set of measures will apply to baptisms, weddings, funerals and other groups meeting in church subject to the requirements of separate risk assessments.
Our Christian calling is to care for all our brothers and sisters, particularly those who are vulnerable; and there are times in our lives when every one of us (and those we have close contact with) is vulnerable. We want everyone to feel welcome, comfortable and cared for. Thank you for your understanding.
Rev. Linda Carter on behalf of Bremhill, Derry Hill and Foxham PCCs.
The church remains open Tue to Sat from 9am to 4pm, Sun 12 to 4pm for individual private prayer
Further details here
Rev'd Linda Carter