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Reopening Church Safely


As we reopen the Church for regular worship, a number of things will be different to ensure your safety and adhere to social distancing and other guidelines. In particular:
  • The Church of England now advise you to wear face coverings and doing so is a legal requirement from 8th August.
  • Numbers will be restricted in order that social distancing is observed.  We have decided to work for now on the 2 metre rule, as we think this will be a lot safer for all of us.  Bearing that in mind, we believe that we can safely accommodate 45 people in a service, in addition to the leaders and stewards.  If a service reaches the limit, we regret that we will have to turn people away, but please do not arrive early to be at the front of the queue, as this would be a risk to yourself and others – ideally, we would not want the congregation to arrive more than 20 minutes before a service is due to start.
  • You will be asked to sit in certain prepared and spaced places (a couple from the same household will be able to sit together).
  • No singing will be permitted at services at present, though at the Sunday 11am service we may use recorded music or live organ playing.
  • We will not be using any books or notice sheets – all words will be projected on the screens.
  • Your name and telephone number will be recorded as you come in, and in the event of a known case of Coronavirus, NHS will be given a list of those who have attended (Track and Trace). 
  • At Holy Communion, members of the congregation will only receive the bread and not the wine.  Communion will be brought to you in your seat.
  • The Choir Vestry Toilet will be available but only for emergency please, as if it is used it will need to be deep cleaned before it can be used again.
  • No refreshments will be served after the service.
  • Some of this will feel strange and unfamiliar, but we do ask you to show respect, and to follow the instructions of the Stewards at all time.
  • You should not come to a service if you are feeling ill in any way. 

Updated: 31/7/20
Howard Cherry, 03/07/2020