Revised 2 January
Following a recent spike in both the national and, more especially, the local infection rates, we have put in place the following additional safety precautions from Sunday 3 January. These are a further development of, and in addition to, our existing Covid-19 protocols, and represent the highest possible level of precautions which will still permit us to offer church services. We are being encouraged by our bishop to continue with church worship within permitted government regulations – and as required by canon law. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond to any changes as required.
The 8.30am service remains a streamed on-line service only, with the 10.30am and 6.30am services taking place as physical and streamed services, with the following additional safeguards:
- Check-in and sanitisation facilities will now move outside to the Lych Gate, to take advantage of the additional security offered outdoors.
- Reduced numbers of people deployed on streaming and stewarding duties, using pre-recorded material where appropriate.
- Distance spacing for congregations in church, already required to wear masks, will be increased from 1.5 metres to 2 metres between household bubbles.
- Further restrictions on congregational size and location within the building.
- Increased use of emergency exits for entry and exit to reduce still further the possibility of interaction between those serving or attending
- Deep cleaning now taking place over a longer time-frame, to allow thorough monitoring of their effectiveness, as services are now separated by a minimum of six hours.
The previous conditions remain in place:
You can attend worship provided any person attending is:
- alone, or
- part of group all from the same household or
- from two linked households
You must not join any other group or mingle with any person from another group. Note that non-household groups of 6 are not permitted.
To help us manage the restrictions please ensure that you have signed up to services before you attend. The doors will open to the congregation no earlier than 15 minutes before the service begins; once seated please remain in your seat until the service starts to help avoid mingling between household groups. Face masks must be worn in the church buildings. Congregational singing is unfortunately still not permitted in the church buildings.
This is a time of both heightened health concern and desperate spiritual need. In these times, we trust in God and seek to discharge our duties and responsibilities to our parish both on-line and, with appropriate safeguards, in person – where appropriate. We look forward to times of blessing and rejoicing to come, when, in the words of the Song of Solomon, we will be able to say, “…the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.” (Song of Solomon 2v11-13)
Yours in Christ
David and the Churchwardens