On June 23rd the government announced that places of worship could re-open for public worship from July 5th. Since then we have been reading the guidance and putting the necessary precautions in place and will re-open St. Paul’s for 10.30am Sunday morning services from the beginning of August (Sunday August 2nd). We aim, whenever possible, to continue to stream services online so that those who are still shielding are included. With physical distancing and no singing, this will be very different from church as we have known it, but, with great caution, this is our first step into the future.
Please follow the ‘10 Commandments’ for coming to St. Paul’s as we all have a responsibility for keeping each other safe.
Ten (Covid-19) Commandments for Coming to (St. Paul’s) Church
‘I was glad when they said to me “Let us go to the house of the Lord”’. Psalm 122:1
- Do not come to church if you have any Covid-19 symptoms (and let us know if you develop symptoms within 48 hours of having come to St. Paul’s)
- Do bring tissues to catch coughs or sneezes.
- Do bring a pen to fill in a Test and Trace form (Forms will be kept for 21 days).
- Do bring your own bible.
- Do keep 2 metres apart (except where closer contact cannot be avoided).
- Do use hand sanitiser on your way in and out.
- (This is voluntary, but please…) Do wear a face covering.
- Do follow the one-way system/arrows/Churchwarden & Sidesperson’s guidance – and sit with your household or bubble.
- Do follow the one-in/one-out and hygiene/cleaning guidance for using the toilets.
- Do supervise your children, bring your own toys etc. and follow hygiene precautions (the creche area will not be open).
A link is available here to the Church of England guidance page: Click Here
A link is available here to the Diocese of Chelmsford Website: Click Here