How do St Mary's services feel now, post-'Plan B'? - updated January 2022
Plan B restrictions were lifted on Thursday 27th January, relieving us of the obligation to wear face-masks when we gather to worship. Many of us will be rejoicing at this restored freedom but, for a variety of reasons, some will still be feeling vulnerable. We will therefore continue to rope off alternate pews in some sections of the church so that people can easily remain socially-distanced should they prefer that. We will also continue to live-stream. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we ask everyone to make their own choices in all humility, refraining from casting judgment upon others who make different decisions, and encourage everyone to be sensitive to the felt needs of those around them.
Social distancing restrictions have not been reimposed. While individuals and households may sit wherever they would like, we urge everyone to respect the wishes of others, and only sit close together if both parties are comfortable with that.
Face masks no longer need to be worn in the church although, we ask everyone to continue to be sensitive to one another's individual needs.
The more passionate, the better!
General easy precautions
Please continue to use the hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the church.
We are enjoying tea, coffee and refreshments before our 10.30 service, and hope to be able to extend our hospitality again to do the same after our services as soon as volunteer numbers recover.
We will continue to serve those who still feel vulnerable through the live-streaming of our main Sunday service.
As above. Additionally the building will have been cleaned just before the service.
The church remains open dawn-dusk daily for private prayer.
A comprehensive risk assessment is available if you would like further detail.
Can we sing?
Yes - please do!
Can we have communion?
Yes - although this still looks a little different from normal. Bread (currently wafers) and wine (by intinction of the wafers) will be shared from the front of the church at the appropriate time in our services.
Are there youth and children’s groups?
Yes, we're delighted that our groups for children and youth are operating again.
Will our services be ‘normal’?
While we recognise that some people remain hesitant about re-engaging post-lockdown, we are trying to make our services feel as near to the way that they did pre-Covid as we responsibly can.