We are pleased to let you know that your church will be open on the following dates –
We are looking forward to seeing you back in church. You will notice that the Services and the church have needed some adaptation. These changes have been made in order to comply with guidance that we have received from the government, Church of England and our Diocese. The purpose of this guidance is to keep you and others safe during the period in which the coronavirus remains a threat.
See below for information concerning the resumption of Communion services from 9 August 2020 –
Seating – we need, so far as possible, to maintain a social distancing space of 2 metres (or 1 metre where this is not possible). Those who live in the same household can sit together. The seats in which members of different households can sit will be marked by a green marker. On your arrival you and other members of your household will be asked to sit in a vacant space marked in this way.
Service booklets – Your service booklet will be placed on your pew. Please do not take it home with you. The service booklets will be collected after the service and ‘quarantined’ for a period of 48 hours. Following this period they will be available for use in the next service which takes place in the church.
Bible and reading of lessons – Could those who are to read lessons please bring with them either their own Bible or a printed sheet with the reading on it and use one or other of these. The purpose of this is to ensure that different people do not touch the lectern Bible.
Music – We are not at this stage of the easing of restrictions permitted to have congregational singing. For this reason we have decided for the moment to have said services although we may play some recorded music as you enter and leave the church.
Communion – In preparing for Communion there are various precautions (such as hand sanitising) which the officiant will need to take.
Communion will only be distributed in one kind (i.e. bread/wafers). There will be no sharing of the wine from the Common Cup.
In distributing Communion, the officiant will stand at the chancel steps. In view of the numbers that we anticipate at Communion, the best way of preserving social distancing between members of the congregation will be for individuals/households to come up separately to receive Communion while others remain seated.
The use of face masks still remains voluntary in a church setting. The officiant may choose to wear a face mask during distribution and communicants may decide whether or not they also wish to wear face masks during distribution. The advice is that the risk from the comparative lack of social distancing for the brief time during distribution of Communion is relatively low.
In any case contact will be minimised at this point because there will be no words of distribution given on handing out the bread and this will be placed in the communicant’s hands by the officiant in a way that avoids the touching of hands.
Face coverings – The wearing of face coverings is strongly advised
Refreshments – For the time being we are not serving refreshments after the service.
Collection – There will be no collection taken during the service. We do, of course, very much appreciate your generosity and would encourage you, if possible, to give by electronic means at this present time. Please contact the Churchwarden or Secretary if you need any further details on how this can be done.