The COVID-19 Roadmap for England: Updated 2nd September 2021

Your saftey in our churches here in South Beddington and Roundshaw

Our guidance in how we go forward with services in the parish. 

MASKS As you will know, government guidelines indicate that from tomorrow It will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering, though the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others. In the light of this, we would ask that you continue to wear a mask when you are inside the church building, not only for your own safety but also to enable others to feel more secure in returning to worship.

Hymn singing: We shall, from next Sunday, we resume congregational hymn singing, which I know will be a great joy to many of you. We do, however, encourage you to keep your masks on whilst singing because, as I am sure you are aware,  it is when people breathe most heavily, such as when singing, that more particles are generated and the risk of catching or passing on the virus increases; this is why we are requesting that masks be worn. We will not yet be returning to sung Responses during services but this should return in the late autumn.

Refreshments following services: Refreshments will be available following the 08:30 service at St. Paul's Church and after the 10:30 am service at St Michael’s Church.  For the summer months, refreshments will consist of cold drinks which can be consumed either in the building or, if the weather is kind to us, outside where people are welcome to socialise and catch up with others.  This too will be a great joy to many of us, but we are to be mindful that the Covid-19 virus is still at large in the community and it is important that we remain safe.

Communion in one kind: Given the continued potential risks to health, for the foreseeable future communion will continue to be in one kind, host only, for the congregation although, as is required by Canon Law, the president will receive both the host and the wine.

Booking in for services: Regarding the requirement to book in for services – although there will be no limit on numbers who can attend services, we would ask that you continue to book in through the Parish Administrator, simply so that we know who is in the building and will have a record of attendees if at any time we were informed that an individual had tested positive for Covid-19.  Those of you who use the NHS app on the doors of either church, please do continue to do so.

Social distancing: Social distancing will continue to be in place in both churches.  

Hymn books and service booklets: Hymn books and service booklets will both be available in seats that are marked as available (at St Michael’s those are seats without hassocks and in St Paul’s those are seats without notices on them).  You will not need to hand in books/booklets after the service.

Hand sanitiser: Hand sanitiser will continue to be available in both churches and you are asked to continue to sanitise your hands on arrival. Both St Paul’s Church and St Michael’s Church will continue to be regularly sanitised to reduce any risks.

The sucess of protecting each other: During the past 16 or so months, this parish is one of the relatively few in the Deanery not to have had any direct transmissions of the virus resulting from attending church. The Churchwardens and I believe that the decisions we have taken over the past 16 months, and the decisions we have taken today, to ensure your safety and wellbeing have been worthwhile and we hope that you will continue to feel safe while worshipping at either of our churches.

Share this good news: For those of you who have yet to return to church, we hope that you will feel able to do so.   If you are in contact with anyone who previously attended one of our services, but has not done so during the pandemic restrictions, please do pass on this information to them.

 

With my prayers and blessing as we navigate the new normal with the grace of God. 

Mother Angela 18th July 2021

 

Below is the Governments summary of the COVID-19 Roadmap for England from 19th July 2021

This guidance will come into effect when England moves to step 4 of the roadmap. Read the current step 3 guidance on what you can and cannot do. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why we are keeping in place key protections:

We can all help reduce risks by practising key behaviours. Find out how to protect yourself and others.

Although most legal restrictions will be lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months.

More details at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-2021-roadmap/coronavirus-how-to-stay-safe-and-help-prevent-the-spread

 

 

 


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