Covid-19 - Coming to Church - What you need to know and what we ask you to observe
Coming to church this Sunday? (It could all change by next week)!
Legal requirements What can we legally do now?
The legal limits on the numbers of people allowed to meet indoors and outdoors have been removed, including all capacity limits in churches and other venues, as well as removal of the 1 meter+ social distancing rules.
Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship. While there are some exemptions, this is a legal requirement. So please wear a mask and sanitise hands on entry.
Can we sing?
Yes, singing and musical performances of all kinds are allowed in churches, including congregational singing, and choirs and worship groups can perform without legal limitations. Face coverings are mandatory in places of worship with and exception for singing. However, we strongly recommend face coverings are used by congregations while singing, due to the distance droplets can travel.
Can we serve refreshments?
Bellringing is no longer restricted by social distancing rules, although sensible precautions such as good ventilation and using hand sanitiser, are still recommended.
Is a COVID pass required?
While the NHS COVID pass will become mandatory for entry into venues where large crowds gather, this requirement will not apply to our worship.
Can we open for tourism and visitors?
Yes! St Oswald’s will be open to visit on Wednesday 22nd, from 10.30am to 12.30am, come and see the Christmas flower displays.
Please be patient and thoughtful with each other.
When you arrive
Sanitise your hands with gel/spray provided.
Wear a mask, until you are seated and when moving around.
Track and Trace using the QR code if you wish, but we are no longer taking details on arrival.
No collection is taken during the service as we are trying to
minimise touching cash in church. Please make your offering on the plates at the door as you arrive or leave.
You may make a donation via the internet from your phone by using the QR code that takes you to our Donate Page.
A Card Reader is also available for card payments.
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 allowed. 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
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. Please 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 double vaccinated such as:
Loss of smell and taste
Commin cold or flu symptoms
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.