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Churches Reopening for Services

From next Sunday, 19th July public worship will be returning to our churches.
However, it will not be back to usual and we will need to be patient with one another.
There will be some who feel elated about being back, others anxious of making this first step back to something resembling normal,
and again others who will sadly not be able to be with us because they are shielding or needing to isolate.
All of us will need to make the decision for ourselves and our families, whether it is right to return now.
Shoreham Churches Together has produced a little booklet with prayers you may use at home.
You can find it here:
Ways to Pray if you can’t get to Church
If you would like a chat or need some support during self-isolation
please call Father James on 01273 979811

See below for new service times. Due to limits on seats please book in advance to reserve a place!
There will be no Evening Services until further notice and midweek service will remain suspended.
We will continue to livestream worship from our churches.
The live stream can be found on the Parish of Kingston Buci Facebook page on Sundays at 10am
and will continue to be available there after broadcast.

There will be a number of changes to how we worship together.
You will find a guide about what to expect when you return to church below.
Most importantly you now need to book in advance for our services.

You can do this online - the appropriate links for all the churches can be found in the current Newsletter

You can book by telephone: call me, Father James, at 01273 979 811
or send me an email.

Booking will close at 6pm on Saturdays for the following Sunday.
Please make sure you book - we cannot guarantee you a place if you don't.

Due to the physical distancing measures
we have also had to change service times.

At St Nicolas we will continue to have two services: 8.30am and a little later at 10am to allow for cleaning between services.
For services at St Julian and St Giles please see  Parish of Kingston Buci Facebook page.
All services will last about 30-35 minutes.
Some services will be without a celebration of the Eucharist.

What To Expect When You Come To Church – A Guide

Before you come to church:
  Book your place – you can book online, by phone or email. See above for details. Due to physical distancing there are limited seats. We cannot guarantee a place if you don’t book! Bookings will close at 6pm on Saturday.
Wash your hands – you might want to bring your own face covering and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available at the entrance to church.
Bring your newsletter and service sheet – there will be service booklets available to take home as well as a few newsletters. Families will need to bring their own books/colouring/toys etc.

When you arrive at church:
  Wait in the designated area until a sidesperson takes you into church
Sanitize your hands before you enter church
YOU MUST wear a face covering while inside the church (clergy and sidespeople will be wearing them too, you will not be alone)
 A sidesperson will check we have all the details we need for track and trace, make sure you have/want a service sheet and a newsletter and show you where you can sit.
Please make sure entrances are kept clear so others can be seated quickly
 There will be a collection plate and card reader available as you enter. Thank you for your continuing support!
Toilets are available in an emergency. Please make sure to clean all surfaces you have touched before leaving.

During worship:
 We will sadly not be able to sing
 Please speak responses quietly to stop droplets from travelling too far
 Keep 2m distance to others outside your household bubble
 Keep your face covering in place throughout the service.
 No collection will be taken during the service
 We will not be sharing the peace physically in any way
 Please stay in your seats for communion (seated, kneeling or standing). The priest will come to you for distribution.
 You may lower your mask to receive communion, but it must be replaced immediately afterwards

After worship has ended:
Please remain in your seats until a sidesperson invites you to leave. If you want to remain in your seat for private prayer you are welcome to do so.
Take your service sheets and newsletters with you
Please make sure you keep all gates and doorways and paths free. You might want to step into the churchyard for a chat

Could you help with keeping the church clean during the coronavirus crisis?
If you are healthy and have 10-15 minutes to spare after the service please speak to Fr James, Revd Pat or Sue Bartlett, Tina Robertson or Gill Calderhead. Many thanks!

Reopening for Private Prayer

Opening times:

Each church has specific regulations to make them as safe as possible. Please make sure you check the signage as you come in. If you need any further reassurance or have any questions regarding coming to church please speak to Fr James or one of the volunteers who will be on site during opening hours.
You will also be able to find our risk assessments on our websites. (See below for St Nicolas' Risk Assessment)
I know that this might still feel very different to how we were able to use our churches before the virus emerged. The restrictions in place will hopefully mean that we will be able to enter our churches reassured that it is safe to do so while creating a prayerful space to return to. It is one more little step towards normality and I am very much looking forward to meeting you at church again.

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

The health and safety of our parishioners and visitors is important to us,
and so St Nicolas' is following the guidance from the C of E
Full details can be found here, on the C of E website.

St Nicolas's Risk Assessment (Word Document)

Supporting document to be read in conjunction with the Risk Assessment (Word Document)


The Government website on the Coronavirus
NHS advice
BBC News: Coronavirus information
BBC News: Coronavirus Symptoms