How do St Mary's services feel post-lockdown? - updated October 2021

Now that vaccination levels allow, we are trying to enjoy the restored freedoms that they bring to our gathered worship. We continue to observe any restrictions that are absolutely necessary, but equally are keen to avoid being restrained unduly by any culture of fear. 

Sunday worship:


Social distancing restrictions have now been fully lifted. 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

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.


We are delighted to be able 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.


We are enjoying tea, coffee and (individually wrapped) 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.

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. 


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 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?

Thursday worship Thu 28th Oct St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
BCP Communion Sun 31st Oct St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Sunday Service in church Sun 31st Oct St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info