As restrictions are lifted nationally what does this mean for church? - updated July 2021

During this period we'll be trying to walk the tightrope between enjoying the freedoms that we’ve been missing for so long, and - at the same time - trying to ensure that people feel comfortable if they’re still erring on the side of caution. 

Sunday worship:

Distancing

We'll continue to maintain social distancing by using only alternate pews. Individuals and households are encouraged to respect the wishes of others, but may sit closer together if both parties are comfortable with that. Cards will be provided for people to indicate if they would still prefer to maintain a 2m distance within the pews. Please don't feel awkward about using the cards - it's what they're there for!

Face masks

We will not be requiring anyone to wear masks, although, of course, we fully recognise that some people will prefer to continue wearing their face-masks for a while longer.

Singing

Our current plans are to embrace being able to worship together and to sing again!

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.

Livestreaming

We will continue to serve those who still feel uncomfortable with the easing of restrictions through the live-streaming of our main Sunday service as previously.

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 may still look a little different from normal.

Are there children’s groups and toys?

There are groups for children aged 3 - 11 in the Parish Rooms. Currently younger children will need to sit in the pews with you for our Sunday services, but we're hoping that Sparklers (our group for the youngest children) will be back up and running in the autumn.

What about youth?

During the summer, young people in years 7 to 13 will be able to meet with Joel outside. (If the weather is bad there will be a contingency plan which might mean older children remaining in the service.) For those in year 9 and above they'll also be able to catch up in person during the week.

Will our services be ‘normal’?

We will be trying to walk the tightrope between enjoying the freedoms that we’ve been missing for so long, and - at the same time - trying to ensure that people feel comfortable if they’re still erring on the side of caution. We will obviously be feeling our way with this, but hope that our approach strikes the right balance. 

We can't put all the Bibles back quite yet, so you might want to bring your own Bible.

What's happening soon?

Thursday worship Thu 5th Aug St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Sunday Service in church Sun 8th Aug St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Building to Serve Prayer Meeting Mon 9th Aug Zoom More info