Church Services Update—- A note from the Rector

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 A note from the Rector

  “As we have now entered a new phase of our journey with Covid, restrictions regarding public worship have been significantly relaxed. There will no longer be any social distant seating in the main nave of the church or in the choir. You can sit wherever you wish and beside anyone. We will, however, maintain the two balcony areas and the north transept (the area opposite the choir) in St. Andrew’ Church for parishioners who wish to maintain social distancing. The co-operation of parishioners who normally sit in these areas would be very much appreciated. Congregational singing (wearing a face covering) is now officially permitted. We will refrain from Sharing the Peace and Holy Communion will continue to be administered at the Chancel Steps in one kind only for the time being. At the end of the service, there is no longer any requirement to file out from the back pews first. 

Good hand hygiene continues to be recommended and sanitization stations will remain at the back of the church. Contact tracing is no longer required and there are no restrictions on numbers attending any services. For the time being, refreshments after the service will not be available – we will keep this under review. As you all know, Coronavirus has not disappeared, and we have very high community infection rates, so it is still vitally important that if you, or any member of your household has Covid, or has any symptoms, that you do not attend church services.

Household visiting is now possible however, mindful of the number of parishioners who continue to be cautious about visitors, please get in touch with me, using the details below, if you would like a visit. Thank you, everyone, for all that you have done during this pandemic; for your continued financial and parish support, for your understanding of the restrictions that have been necessary and for your patience with it all.”