Coronavirus - COVID-19.

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Churches should be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place. Prayers can be said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone and churches should consider ways of sharing this with the wider community. See more below on digital resources that are under development and currently available.
Lent Groups, Social gatherings and Toddler Group are cancelled.

Previous guidance from the Church of England is:

Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants i.e. the consecrated bread/wafer/host, with the priest alone taking the wine;

suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the peace;

suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’.

It is also best practice for churches to have hand-sanitisers available for parishioners to use.

In addition, priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers should wash their hands, preferably with an alcohol-based (minimum 60%) hand-sanitiser.

Best hygiene practice should continue to be observed in all pastoral contacts.

Whilst in places of worship there is no need to avoid other worshipers who are well. Take usual infection prevention precautions including washing your hands or using hand sanitiser (containing at least 60% alcohol) after using the toilet facilities; before eating food or snacks or if you are in close contact with someone who is unwell.

Everyone can help to reduce the spread of viruses in the following ways:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based hand sanitiser that conains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.