Morning Prayer at St Mary’s during Covid-19
Welcome back - even if it is very different! We have a video showing you what our Sunday morning prayer services will be like and how you will be looked after:
Advice and keeping safe:
- Face coverings are required to be worn. Remember that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, and they are not a replacement for physical distancing or regular hand washing.
- On hot days, please bring your own water as there will be no access to the St Andrews room kitchen
- All the words you need for the service will be on the screens
- Please bring your own Bibles
- Holy Communion will be taken once a month on the third Sunday, but only in one part, the bread, per the Bishops' guidance
- No children’s activities will be provided and Time out for Tots area will be closed. Children remain their parents' responsibility and should be seated with them throughout service.
- Toilet available – please use hand sanitizer provided before and after using
- Entrance to the church will be strictly controlled:
- Queueing to enter the church - down to the Lych Gate - a mandatory 2 metre social distancing
- Use hand sanitizer in the porch - there are two stations
- On entering the church, please give your name (and contact details, especially if you are "new" to church), or scan our venue's QR code using the NHS Covid app (find out more about how to use it)
- You will be guided to your seat by a steward (households may sit together)
- No singing during the service, although you may hum. Quiet responses to the parts that are normally said are allowed
- After the service:
- Please remain seated after the service until a steward directs you to leave. This will be immediately after the service has finished, through the the North Door in the North Aisle - there are no refreshments or prayers
- There will be a collection plate at the North Door (cash, cheques or envelopes accepted)
- Do not gather around the St Andrew's Room for a chat, there is a beautiful churchyard big enough to cater for this
Face masks: we have received the following advice from the Church of England:
We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, where there may be other people present.
Please provide your own face mask.
Remember that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, and they are not a replacement for physical distancing or regular hand washing.
- St Mary the Virgin
- Church hill
- GU21 4QQ