COVID-19 precautions

Although most legal restrictions are removed, this does not mean that the threat from Covid is over. We will still need to take some precautions to keep each other safe.

The Vestry have a duty to keep people safe, and they have been clearly and specifically charged by the College of Bishops to make the decisions about what Covid precautions are appropriate in this church.  The following is the Vestry’s current position.

Worshippers should not attend church if they have any Covid symptoms, especially a cough or unexplained respiratory problem.

Face coverings are no longer a legal requirement, but they remain a helpful way of preventing the spread of any airborne disease, not just Covid. Some people are still concerned about Covid, and it is good practice to cover up for their peace of mind, so please carry a mask with you at all times. Masks will remain available at the back of church. There is once again no maximum capacity for attendance. We should, however, maintain appropriate distancing inside the building where possible. Physical contact with people from outside your household should be avoided, although it’s no longer mandatory. As much as possible, people are asked to circulate in the church using the side aisles to avoid getting too close to others.

Refreshments after the service are once again available. These will be served in the Parish Rooms.

For those not comfortable with these measures, we will continue to provide our online worship as an alternative. The Rector is allowed to bring Communion into peoples home, as well. If you are not comfortable in church, or if you would like the Rector to visit for any other reason, please contact him on 742494. Even if you can’t come to church, the church can come to you,

The precautions are about protecting each other, and it is to fulfil that most fundamental of Gospel commands:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength…
Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.” 

To limit the spread of any virus and to protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do everything in your power to keep others safe.

The current situation where the church is open means that we can now re-open the Foodbank donation point. The health crisis has hit vulnerable people hard, and foodbanks are more necessary than ever. Please be as generous as you can.

If you wish to make a financial donations directly to the Foodbank instead of bringing goods to church, you can do so by cheque made payable to “The Gate Charity” posted to their address:
2 Ludgate,
FK10 2DR

Make it clear that your donation is for the Foodbank, as The Gate run a number of different projects.

You can also donate by Internet/phone Banking or by setting up a standing order.
Contact Marie Brownhill, the Centre Manager for details on how to do this.

Phone 01259 218766 or email 

Stay safe, and uphold one another in prayer

Every blessing,
Fr Chris Lowdon