Covid Risk Assessment
PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 24th FEBRUARY
As a church, we are called to be responsible to and for one another, respecting the more vulnerable whose suffering is our suffering (1 Cor 12:12-27). Some of our congregation remain vulnerable, and the pandemic has shown that people can be carriers of the virus even if they do not display symptoms. Covid has not gone away.
We therefore ask those coming to our churches to:
- bring a face covering with them, and be sensitive to the needs of those around them. Wear one if you feel more comfortable doing so; wear one if it would make your neighbour in church feel more comfortable
- sanitise hands on arrival
- respect the wishes of anyone who is uncomfortable about too close contact. For those who have concerns about maintaining social distancing there are cards available in both churches that worshippers can use to request others to leave space next to them free
There are no restrictions on singing.
We will continue to offer the sacrament in one kind only, the bread, and the words of administration will be spoken once only to all communicants. Communicants and others who wish to kneel at the rail when receiving will be able to do so, but it will be fine if others prefer to stand. We trust that those coming up to receive or for a blessing will be mindful of keeping a suitable distance from others. The clergy are keeping the question of when we can again share the chalice under review.
Please share the Peace within or between pews in whatever way you and your neighbours are fully comfortable with. Again, please respect others’ wishes. Please keep movement round the church during the Peace to the minimum.
It will be a little while before we resume the plate round during services for collections.