Latest Covid News
New Procedure for Track and Trace
From May 22
The Government now puts the responsibility for track and trace on the individual. Venues, including the Church, must ensure that visitors are able to check in.
Visitors to the church should check-in with the NHS Covid-19 App.
If that is not possible, then please either write your name into the book provided at the back of the Church, or place a small card or note which you have written in advance into the box/tin provided. Pre-written cards must have 3 pieces of information (1) your name, (2) contact details (mobile number is best) and (3) the date and time of the mass or other event.
Bring your own pen if you will need to write in the book. We can provide pens if necessary.
Slips of card/paper will not be available at the back of the Church - if necessary, use the book.
Only one contact need check in for each bubble.
New procedures for Stewards
from May 22
Stewards have an important role in welcoming people to Church, and providing assistance to them when it is requested.
If you are stewarding, please ensure that visitors are able to use the track and trace methods, that adequate sanitiser is available, and that face masks are also available if anyone has forgotten theirs. However, you no longer need to supervise track and trace, direct visitors, supervise communion, nor light candles for visitors, but please be ready to explain covid-safe measures etc to anyone who is unfamiliar with the procedures.
After mass please wipe down any points that may have been touched frequently, including any pens that have been used and also lighters for votive candles. It is not necessarily to wipe down surfaces before the mass. Please continue to ensure adequate ventilation.
Changes to the celebration of mass
From May 22nd
Most covid-safe measures remain in place, in particular:
• Face masks.
• Social distancing.
• No congregational singing.
• No physical contact at the sign of peace
• No Holy Water.
There are however some small changes which we welcome:
The Book of Readings is used (rather than pieces of paper). There is no need to sanitise hands before and after touching the book.
Bidding Prayers are reintroduced. They are read by the Deacon, or, if there is no Deacon by the person who reads the second reading.
The priest or minister again says “The body of Christ” to each person receiving communion and they reply “Amen”.
Communion may be received on the tongue.
Those doing so should come forward to the priest or minister after others have received.
We hope that it will be possible to restart Children’s liturgy at the Sunday 10:30am Mass from September 2021.