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St George’s News - Waterlooville’s Parish Magazine

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Summer 2021 issue

From the Vicar, Fr Dr Colin Lawlor

Updated guidance from July 19th 2021

From July 19th much of what had previously been considered mandatory will become a matter of personal choice, although it is important that we move forward with caution and courtesy for the foreseeable future. The legal responsibility for making decisions about how to proceed lies with me, as the incumbent. This includes acts of worship, events run by the PCC or church community, and to decisions on whether to hire out spaces or allow other events to proceed. However, what follows has been agreed with the Church Wardens, shared with the clergy who assist at St George’s, and will be discussed by the PCC at our meeting on Wednesday 21st July. For this reason, some of the measures that will be relaxed, such as the possibility of receiving communion in both kinds, and singing in church, will apply from Sunday 25th July, and not before (with the exception of the World Day of Prayer service on Friday 23rd July, where singing will be allowed).

What follows will be subject to a thorough revision of our risk assessment.

The context at St George’s

St George’s is a large, spacious church which can be kept well ventilated. At present two of the large windows are opened well in advance of public worship, as are the main doors to the church. Windows are left open throughout the day to ensure that the building is kept well ventilated for private prayer. From Monday the 19th July the number of windows to be left open for public worship will be increased to four.

The majority of the regular congregation have been double vaccinated. This ensures a high level of protection, whilst it is recognised that it does not offer 100% immunity or possibility of transmission.

In what follows we are mindful of the context outlined above.

From Monday 19th July

From Sunday 25th July

In addition to the above.

Refreshments after the Eucharist on a Wednesday and Sunday, and on a Friday Morning


From Monday 19th we will see the life of our worshipping community return much more to normality. However, we need to continue to be mindful that the Covid virus is still present and we need to take personal responsibility to mitigate any potential risk by taking care of ourselves and others.

It is inevitable that everything outlined above will need to be kept under constant review.

With assurance of continued prayers

Fr Colin