Update on the ever changing position

regarding opening of Churches and Public Worship

 

  as of Monday 19th July 2021

  • Our churches are reviewing the times when they will be open for Private Prayer and the details can be found on their individual pages on this web site.

  • All legal restrictions on Public Worship have been lifted, but the following arrangements are being put in place to protect our congregations and help those that are still cautious about returning to Church.

 Seating

  • Restricted section in each church where possible, where social distancing and masks are mandatory 

  • Churches my wish to continue to use every other pew where practical (especially the smaller churches)

 

Collections

  • Continue with plate only at the back of the church to continue minimal cash handling.

 

Singing  Hymns

  • those who are not comfortable about others singing, need to sit towards the back of the church.

 

The Peace

  • Should be simply shared with those in your immediate vicinity, but be very aware that not everybody will feel comfortable with it.

 

Hygiene

  • We will still continue with our covid safe hygiene routines during the preparation of the table and the prayer of consecration

  • The president will ensure that all clergy have a negative lateral flow test taken that morning.

  • Wafers will be kept covered until they are administered.

  • Hand sanitizer will be used before, during and after the consecration and administration of communion.

  • During the administration of communion, masks will be worn by ministers.  (to be reviewed)

 

Administration

  • Congregation to approach the altar rail – being aware of social distancing.

  • No kneeling at present – stand to receive

  • Hand sanitizing station in place prior to receiving

  • We can now share the common cup but it is optional and down to each individual and may not be offered at all if local rates  of infection are rising.

  • Communicants should not share the cup if they are  feeling unwell

  • It is still OK to receive communion in one kind

 

  • We will continue with online recorded services, and videoing special services where needed.   

  • Services where there is no singing will be marked as "said service" on the Service Page