Latest Government regulations on Public Worship – 6th January 2021
By the time you read this you will be aware that the Government has put the country into lockdown again, possibly until mid-March. However, permission has been retained for churches and places of worship to remain open for individual prayer and public worship.
Bishop Martin has written to all clergy and churchwardens acknowledging that for some parishes it may not be possible to safely sustain public worship. If this is the situation Bishop Martin has given his permission for any church to close by means of, for St George’s, a PCC resolution.
Earlier this week all members of the PCC were contacted with an overwhelming majority in agreement that public services should continue at St George’s. The church will also continue to be open for private prayer on each Wednesday 10am – 1.30pm, this is intended for individual persons. We are very fortunate in that Fr John Hall has confirmed he is willing to take the next three Sunday services during January. We will, however, closely monitor the situation.
We thought it a good idea that at this time we remind ourselves of the regulations we must adhere to when attending church, particularly at this time of lock-down:
- Before entering church please apply your face mask and sanitize hands on arrival and on leaving.
- On arrival it may be necessary to form a small queue, and a 2-metre distance should be kept between each person until it is your turn to enter.
- Do not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble whilst in church, before or after the service.
- If we don’t already have it, we need to record your name and ‘phone number as you enter the church. Please be assured that this information is kept simply to support the Track & Trace service, and in line with Government guidelines is held for 21 days and then destroyed. If you have a mobile phone you may register your attendance by way of the Test & Trace app displayed on the porch wall.
- It is essential that immediately worship has ended people disperse, retaining social distance without further interaction, even outside. Why not give that person you would like a chat with a ‘phone call when you get home! As of this Sunday the South Porch door will also be available to leave by.
- Please take your service sheet away with you at the end of the service.
With all good wishes and thank you for helping to keep everyone who attends St George’s safe. Keep well and strong and if you feel unable to attend church, you will be in our prayers.
Geraldine and Jill