Church of England Diocese of Leeds All Saints, Elland

Resuming Public Worship: July 2020

We are pleased to be able to re-open for Public Worship from Sunday, 5th July. We have worked our way through the Guidance from both HM Government and the Diocese, to ensure that using our Building and worshipping together once more is as safe as possible for all of us. This letter briefly outlines how that will work, for the next few weeks at least, before any further easing of restrictions.

Sunday Mornings, 9.30am Mass

The Church Doors will be opened at 9.15am, to give us the opportunity to see that all is ready. 2 metre social distancing remains in place in Church, and Hand Sanitizer must be used on entry and exit. Collection Envelopes may be left on the table, and a simple printed Order of Service will be available. You will be guided to a seat. The Mass will be said, at this stage there will be no singing, no music, no Choir, and no access to the Dais, Chancel or Sacristy except for the Wardens and Priest. The Officiating Priest alone will prepare everything for use at Mass, and will clear it all away afterwards. The Centre remains unavailable, and there will be no refreshments afterwards.

The Sign of Peace cannot be shared, and Holy Communion will be given in the hand, in one kind only. Information about how this is to be done safely will be given in Church.

Friday Mornings, 9.45am Mass

Please note the slightly later start time, to allow the Priest a little longer to prepare safely. The Church Doors will not be opened until 9.30am. The same arrangements as above will apply, the Central Altar will be used, all seating in the Nave.

It may be that some of you are Shielding and need to continue to do so, or are unsure about coming back to Church quite yet. If so, please can you let Fr David know, so that we can continue to be in touch with you.