COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance

Your saftey in our churches here in South Beddington and Roundshaw

Please always read the updated Government Information found HERE

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

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 success of protecting each other: During the period of the pandemic, 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  meet regularly to review and update our guidelines in order 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.

MASKS: As you will know, government guidelines indicate that 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 continue congregational hymn singing, which I know has been 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 as restrictions relating to Covid prevention begin to change, we are today returning to offering the chalice as well as the host. The chalice will be stationed near to the Lady Chapel in St Michael’s Church and near to the vestry at St Paul’s Church. If you wish to receive the chalice, please go the point of administration after receiving the host. We are not permitting intinction as that is a very definite way of spreading infection. Please continue to sanitise your hands and respect your distances as far as possible.

Booking in for services: Regarding the requirement to book in for services – there is no limit on numbers who can attend services. Those of you who use the NHS app there are Q-codes on the doors of either church, please do continue to do so.

Social distancing: Social distancing will continue to be proviced in both churches, should you wish to feel more comfortable in sitting at a distance from another. 

Hymn books and service booklets: Hymn books and service booklets will both be available in seats. You will not need to hand in books/booklets after the service at St. Michael's Church.

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 1st March 2022

 


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