Updated: 22nd July 2021

“In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3b-4

The good news this week is that we are again able to SING indoors!

However as we head into the rest of July and August, we ask that you continue to remain at home if you are experiencing Covid symptoms, and use hand sanitiser when entering a church buildings. Masks will no longer be mandatory however we encourage you to wear them inside where others are present. We are aware that many of our community are still very anxious and therefore ask that, if you are able to, you continue to wear a mask during church services and particularly whilst singing indoors. Hand sanitiser will remain available at the door and when receiving Holy Communion.

There is no longer a capacity limit at St Michael’s, and we are looking forward to welcoming more people back into the church over the coming months however we ask that you continue to respect people’s personal space and choices over distancing and PPE.

You will no longer need to sign in when you arrive, although the QR codes will remain available for you to scan in should you want to.

We will be keeping services (and sermons!) short and the present arrangements for communion, with wafers being intincted with wine from the common cup using a pipette, and distributed at the chancel step will continue for the time being.

The choir are planning to return to active duty leading our singing from September once the local situation becomes clearer.

We will also bring back post-service refreshments at that time.

St Andrew’s

Along with other hygiene and safety measures, at St Andrew’s

  • we will be encouraged (but not required) to continue to wear masks in church and to hand sanitize
  • we will continue to observe some social distance from those not in our bubble, and for those who want or need it some seats will continue to be around 2 metres apart.
  • we will be allowed to join in with the prerecorded hymns, but only singing through masks and not loudly! We will sing a hymn (To God be the glory) outdoors at the end of the service, weather permitting and no masks required.
  • We will aim to keep our services and sermons rather short!