Services in church buildings following lockdown

The resumption of worship in church buildings is being done gradually and carefully, following Church of England and Government requirements in order to protect all who attend and to remain within the law.

The capacity of many churches is limited by the need for 2m social distancing: it may be helpful (or necessary) to let someone know you would like to attend - particularly if you don't normally attend that particular service.

  • Do not attend if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or if you are self-isolating.
  • If you are extremely climically vulnerable (shielding) you are advised not to attend.
  • If you are climically vulnerable you are advised to consider the risks - worship continues to be available on-line.
  • Maintain social distancing (2 metres) and good hygiene (e.g. using disposable tissues).
  • The Church of England now strongly advises that you wear a face covering.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided on entry and exit. You are also advised to use sanitizer immediately before receiving Holy Communion: if you have a pocket-size bottle it would help if you brought it.
  • If you have brought an offering you are likely to find the collection plate at the back of the church.
  • Avoid touching surfaces, books, etc.; you will probably be asked to take any service sheet away with you.
  • Follow any instuctions about where to sit (in order to maximise capacity).
  • The usual toilet facilities might not be available.

There are changes to the celebration of Holy Communion: the distribution will be managed in order to maintain social distancing between communicants; you are advised to use hand sanitizer before receiving and the people will receive only the bread.