COVID-19 – CHANGES TO WORSHIP IN CHURCH

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IT IS NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO WEAR A FACE COVERING IN PLACES OF WORSHIP

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORSHIP IN CHURCH

We are delighted to be able to worship in Church again and in order to do so safely, the changes put in place for private prayer will remain e.g. use of hand sanitiser, a one-way system, and social distancing for seating.

However, there are additional changes to the way we worship which need to be implemented to ensure health and safety during services. 

If you at an increased risk of serious disease (e.g are aged 70 older) you are advised, if you choose to attend, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of your household. There are seats on the South Aisle which are kept distanced.

If you are showing symptoms of Covod-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell) you should not attend church due to the risk you pose to others. You could access the Diocesan or Church of England online services instead.

We ask that everyone wear a face covering while entering, leaving and moving around the Church building. Remember that face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer.  They are not a replacement for hand sanitising.   Please make sure your face covering is on and appropriately fitted before entering the building.

The toilet will be open and carefully managed to reduce the risk of infection. Please ensure you wash your hands before and after using the toilet.

During the service:

We ask people to wear a face covering when standing to sing, or to remain seated and sing without a face covering.

There will be no sharing of the Peace, or passing of the collection plate.  There will be a plate as you enter the building and as you depart.  Please refrain from cash donations if possible so that it does not need to be handled.( We are always happy to talk about how could make regular donation via the Parish Giving Scheme or by Standing Order.)

Holy Communion service will be be administered by the Priest dipping the wafer in the wine, and distribution will be from the chancel step, and people will need to come forward when indicated by the stewards.

Please observe the floor markings for the one way system that is in operation, and the marked lines to maintain distancing.

As you will appreciate this will take some time, so please be patient with one another and maintain a distance until each person has moved away from the hand sanitiser.

As you leave the service:

Please remain seated until asked to leave by one of the stewards.

Leave the red service book and the green hymn book on the pew where you found it.

Hand sanitiser will be available for your use as your leave.

Keep your face covering on until you have left the building and take it home with you.