How do St Mary's services as the omicron peak subsides? - updated January 2022

We are monitoring all Covid-guidance closely, and will seek to act responsibly as well as to respect any freedoms that we are being granted. Under the Government's ongoing 'Plan B' legislation, facemasks will need to be worn in hospitality venues. We will therefore be asking that, unless they have legitimate reasons not to, people wear facemasks at St Mary’s until that legislation is lifted. We will also rope off alternate pews in some sections of the church so that people can easily remain socially distanced should they prefer to do that aa well. 

Sunday worship:

Distancing

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

In light of the Government's PLan B, we will be asking all those attending services at St Mary's to wear masks, although, of course, we fully recognise that some people will have legitimate reasons not to, and so ask everyone to continue to be sensitive to one another's individual needs.

Singing

We are delighted still to be able to sing!

General easy precautions

We'll continue to collect information for Track and Trace. Please sign in on the sign-in sheet or with your smart phone using the QR code. This information is kept for 21 days. Please use the hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the church.

Refreshments

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.

Livestreaming

We will continue to serve those who still feel vulnerable through the live-streaming of our main Sunday service.

Thursday worship

As above. Additionally the building will have been cleaned just before the service.

Private prayer

The church is now open daily for private prayer.

A comprehensive risk assessment is available if you would like further detail. 


FAQ’s

Can we sing?

Yes - we can sing now!

Can we have communion?

Yes - although this still looks a little different from normal.

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.

What's happening soon?

Connect Drop-in Tue 25th Jan The Parish Rooms More info
Mini Moments Wed 26th Jan The Parish Rooms More info
Remix Fri 28th Jan Glyme Hall More info