From August 2nd we will be worshipping 'online' and 'in-person.'
9:30 am Online
Each Sunday we gather online for morning prayer at 9:30am via our facebook page, the service is about 30 minutes in length. All you need to do is click here to go to the Facebook page and scroll down to find the livestream.
You can download the service sheet in word or pdf here so that you have everything you need to join in with the songs, prayers and readings.
We will be online from around 9:15am each Sunday to say hello, chat and answer questions (just type in the comments and we will see them), and then we stay online after the service for a 'virtual' coffee till 10:15am. A video version of each week's service is available shortly afterwards on our Facebook page so if you couldn't join us live you can catch up later.
11:15 am In Person
We are looking forward to giving you a warm (socially distanced) welcome back to our church building! This Holy Communion service will be around 30/35 minutes long and will have teaching on the same texts as the 9:30am service.
Booking is essential
, if you do not book we might not be able to fit you in. Details on how to book are below.
Doors will open from 11am to allow time to seat everyone, please do arrive in good time as you may need to queue. Handgel will be available at the door, please use it as you come into church. Our stewards will take your name and contacts detail for track and trace (which we will only hold for 21 days). All the words will be on the screens (we are paper free to minimise risk) so you might like to bring a bible with you, along with you facemask and handgel.
Please do not
attend if you are unwell
, have symptoms of Covid 19
, or are self isolating
for any reason.
How to book
You will need to book to attend this service as our seating capacity is limited in order to maintain social distancing
Send us an email by clicking firstname.lastname@example.org
and tell us how many people will be in your group, their names, and a contact number for you.
Bookings can only be made one week in advance, and the list will close at midday each Saturday.
Things will look a little different to the way they were before so here are some FAQs to give you an idea of what to expect:
Do I need to book?
Yes please! see the information above. Icon made by Freepik.
Do I need to wear a facemask?
Yes please! From the 8th August the government have made it mandatory to wear a facemask in a place of worship. Will will have a small supply at church in case you forget.
Can children attend?
Yes. Children will need to stay seated with their parents/careers throughout the service, as we aren't running children's groups in August. We are launching Junior Church online
in August, and will look to resume an 'in person' offer when safe to do so, possibly in the Autumn term. Icon made by Adioma.
Who can I sit with?
You can sit with members of your own household or bubble.
Where can I sit and will there be enough room?
We have marked out our pews to enable social distancing throughout the building. Each 'pew end' is 1.5m wide so big enough to fit 3 people, and we have a few 'ends' which can accommodate 4/5 people. There are 18 'pew ends' in total so our capacity is between 18 (if people all came as individuals) to around 50 (if everyone came in a household or bubble of 3).
We are working hard to maximise the space available to us while keeping everyone at a safe distance. Icon made by Freepik.
Will be be able to sing?
Sadly not at the moment due to current guidance. Icon made by Freepik.
Will we have bread and wine at Communion?
Communion will be bread only at present. Icons made by smashicons.
Will there be coffee after or a chance to socialise?
At the moment we aren't able to offer refreshments, or to allow for a social time indoors after the service. We do however have plenty for room in the churchyard, so why not bring a coffee with you (or nip into the cafe in the park to buy one) and catch up with friends outside following all the usual social distancing etiquette. Icon made by pixel perfect.
Will the toilets be open?
Yes, but in a limited capacity. Please observe the additional hygiene procedures in place, and should you have to queue please social distance. Icon made by srip.
I'm over 70 or in a vulnerable group - can I come to a service?
Yes you can! Gathering in a group indoors carries it's own risks and we ask people to make their own decision regarding this. We encourage everyone to keep following current government guidance that applies to them whatever age we are. We are looking to restart a mid-week service later in August which will have a smaller congregation. Icon made by freepik.
What should I do if I get Covid 19 and have been to a service recently?
Should you become ill and have attended a service at St Mary's please let us know ASAP. We have set procedures to follow in the event of a known case of Covid in our building, and letting us know means we can do our part in keeping others safe. Icon made by Darius Dan.
This gives us enough time to deliver the 9:30am online service and to get to church in time to set up and be ready for you. This timing is currently scheduled for August and we will review ahead of the Autumn term.
Will there be an 8am service again and when will things get back to 'normal' on Sundays?
Due to the extra cleaning required we can only hold one 'in-person' service on Sundays at present. We hope to return to a more 'normal' pattern of in person services when it is safe to do so, but it is impossible at this moment to put a time frame on that. We will regularly review our worship provision during the coming months
If you have any questions please do contact us.
Test & Trace
Please see the link here for full information about tracing. We will need to store the information of your attendance, your name and contact information to be safe under the test & trace guidance. You will receive a copy when your booking is confirmed.