COVID-19 – CHANGES TO WORSHIP IN CHURCH

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. 

Preparing to come to Church:

To maintain social distancing, we have a limit of 28 people able to attend worship.  It is therefore essential that you contact the Churchwarden, Mike Lacey before coming to church to ensure there will be a place for you.  Once all available places have been booked, you will be offered the opportunity to attend the following week. 

Mike can be contacted on: 0116 3734605 /0787377538, or email  logiclacey@gmail.com

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. If you are classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, you are currently advised not to attend places of worship, but a decision to do so is yours alone.

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 our YouTube service, or the Diocesan or Church of England online services instead.

It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in places of worship. 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.

You are welcome to bring your children, but unfortunately the children’s area will not be available.  Any children will need to stay seated with you at all times, and we are not able to provide colouring or toys for them at this time.

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.

On arrival:

Always maintain a gap of at least 2 metres from anyone not in your household group or ‘bubble’ and minimise social interaction.

Everyone will be asked to sanitise their hands as they enter the church

You will be asked to provide your contact details and give consent for these to be held for 21 days – to support the government’s ‘Test and Trace’ scheme

Lighting of candles for prayer is not permitted at the present time. 

Please follow the one way system as directed by the stewards and signage

Sit down promptly and only where there is already a red service book on the pew seat, remaining  least 2 metres from anyone outside your household or ‘bubble.

Please refrain from stopping to chat to others on your way to be seated, and remain in your place until the time of distribution

Please do not use the kneelers or cushions

During the service:

There will be no singing, although music will be played.

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 in one kind only – i.e no wine.

Distribution will be from the chancel step, and people will need to come forward when indicated by the stewards, leaving the gaps as marked on the floor.

You are asked to remove your face covering as you approach the point of distribution, sanitise your hands before receiving the bread, consume the bread immediately replace your face covering and then sanitise your hands again before you return to your seat via the one way system

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.

DON’T WORRY THIS WILL ALL BE EXPLAINED AGAIN BEFORE THE DISTRIBUTION!

As you leave the service:

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

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

Please leave promptly as the service ends, remembering to maintain social distancing and minimising social interaction in the building and church grounds.  Keep your face covering on until you have left the building and take it home with you