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
Wash your hands – you might
want to bring your own
and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available at
the entrance to church.
Bring your newsletter and service sheet
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
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
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
We will sadly not be able to sing
responses quietly to stop droplets from travelling too far
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
After worship has
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
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!
St Nicolas(from 25th June): Mondays 10am-12noon & Thursdays
- Please make sure to use the hand sanitizing stations as you enter
and exit our churches
- Please keep a safe distance (2m) from other people in church and on
- YOU MUST wear a face covering
while inside the church
- Please keep to the areas that are clearly marked within our churches
- Please keep any conversations inside church to a minimum to keep a
prayerful atmosphere within our churches – our churchyards are wonderful
places to have a seat and a chat
- Churches are open at these times for private prayer only – there will be no
communal prayer and visits for sightseeing will not be possible
Toilet facilities will remain inaccessible to the public
- If you are unwell or are clinically vulnerable and shielding please
do not enter our churches at this time
- Children are more than welcome to any of our churches but should be
supervised at all 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)
YOU ARE SELF ISOLATING AND NEED HELP
YOU ARE FIT AND CAN OFFER HELP TO THOSE WHO NEED IT
HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
The Government website on the Coronavirus