Covid-19 - Coming to Church - What you need to know and what we ask you to observe

While there is no longer any legal requirement to wear masks in pub-lic places, or to do track and trace, we are asking parishioners and visitors to continue to do so. Guidance has been given by C of E and the Government and we are endeavouring to adhere to this guidance for everyone’s protection and safety. Just because we can does not mean that we should, so please be patient and thoughtful.

When you arrive

  • Sanitise your hands with gel/spray provided.

  • Wear a mask, at least until you are seated and when moving around.

  • Track and Trace if you wish – we are continuing to take details on arrival.

  • No collection is taken during the service and we are trying to
    minimise touching cash in church but please make your offering in the plate at the door as you arrive or leave.
    Possibly use QR code to make a donation via the internet from your phone or use the Card Reader at St Oswald’s.
    Please see the Donate Page for more ways of giving.

During the Service

  • Service books/sheets will be either already in the pew or handed to you on arrival. Please take sheets away with you but leave the prayer book to be collected in after the service.

  • Bibles are once again available and should be left in the pew.

  • You can indicate you would like space left with provided ‘Please leave a Space’ notices available from sides-persons as you enter church.

  • Singing is now allowed and we can all sing aloud. It is your responsibility with regard to wearing a mask or not, but be remember that by wearing a mask we protect others from our
    own airborne droplets.

  • The Peace – remains a non-contact act of sharing in fellowship. (except in your own bubble). Please respect other people’s space and do not be offended if people do not want to
    shake hands.

  • Holy Communion will be bread only, the ‘Common Cup’ is not shared. Where we do have wine the ‘Presiding minister’ will dip the bread in the wine before handing to you. NO ONE ELSE IS TO DIP (Intinct) their bread in the wine. The one way system remains in place for now.

  • Refreshments – Are once again going to be served. Servers MUST wear a mask and gloves. Uncovered/unwrapped biscuits / cake is not recommended. Minimise multiple people contact with crockery etc. So handing cups to each other is not advocated.

  • Disposable cups are expensive and unnecessary and washing up is still the best recommendation. Please wear gloves if you are helping to wash and dry crockery.

  • At St John’s – a number of people have been instructed how to use the new dishwasher. This only takes 2 minutes a wash but must be done by those who have been shown how.

If at any time you feel unsafe or think we can do better, please let us know.


Please do not enter if you feel at all unwell or are displaying any symptoms of Covid – 19, even if you have been vaccinated such as:

  • High temperature

  • Continuous cough

  • Loss of smell and taste



Thank you for your co-operation


God of healing and peace,

we give thanks for this place in which to worship you.

Guide each one of us as we seek protection for all from the coronavirus; in the name of him who gave his life for us all,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.