Coronavirus (COVID-19) update as at 15th March 2020

Our normal services are still going ahead, but there are some simple things we need to do as a church to protect ourselves and our community

Please can all those coming to church wash their hands thoroughly before leaving home. We also have hand sanitiser available on the way in: please use it.

In line with advice from the Church of England, we have suspended the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace and any blessing or "laying on of hands".  This means that:

  • We ask everyone to avoid direct physical contact and movement around the church during the sharing of the peace; a smile and the traditional words ‘peace be with you’ are enough.
  • Communion is taken in one kind by all communicants i.e. the consecrated
    bread/wafer/host only, with the priest alone taking the wine;
  • For those who come forward for a blessing and do not receive communion, a prayer of blessing will be offered accompanied by making the sign of the cross.

We will not pass round collecting plates or bags: there is an offertory plate available.  Please place your offering in the plate on your way in or during the offertory hymn, then it can be blessed in the usual way.

If you are a regular member of our congregation with concern for your own health, and you prefer not to come to church, please do contact Hazel on 020 8777 5034 so that we can keep in phone contact, if you would like to do that.  If you have a new cough or a high temperature or fever, please stay at home in line with the government guidelines.  If you, or someone you know, needs some extra help at this time please do offer this or get in touch with us, as there’s great value in looking out for others that we know who need help.  All it needs is a telephone call to cheer someone up. 

Whatever your personal views about measures to control this virus, it is vital that we take these precautions because we have a duty of care, not only to ourselves but to all of our community.

We will continue to await any further guidance from the Church of England and Public Health England and will act accordingly.

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