November 2020 St Nicholas’ church and St Barnabas’ Narthex
are open daily for individual prayer.
We adhere to, and display signs indicating, the best current practices as regards Covid safety.
When services do resume in our churches, we are:
- Asking you to write down your contact details as you enter
- Blocking off certain seating areas and physically reducing the available spaces in the chairs/pews
- A touchless sanitizer and disposable face coverings available on entry, although please bring your own if you remember
- Accommodating 40 people safely with the current seating configurations with the ability to move to a prebooked system for more popular services, (retaining some seats retained for those who cannot access the internet)
- Using non-tactile greetings in the Peace
- Standing for communion
- Having the clergy use hand sanitizer before offering communion wafers. Wine is not offered.
- Using a static box/plate for donations
- Following Church of England advice and, in particular, what we receive from the Bishop of Chichester:
The Church of England is engaging with the Government and will provide new advice to churches as and when necessary, so if you need help, we advise you check the links above for new updates.
The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s recovery group, said: “I welcome confirmation from the Prime Minister that places of worship can still hold more than six people in total, despite the new restrictions on gatherings, and the reassurance that public worship can continue. We will continue to work with the Government on specific areas relating to our churches and church-based activities.”