PUBLIC WORSHIP AT ST NICHOLAS
We are very pleased to share the news that the Church will reopen for public worship on Sunday 5th of July. We have taken great care to ensure that you can join us as safely as possible at the Eucharist and other services in the week. We look forward to worshipping together again, although things will look very different. We have capacity for a maximum of 50 worshippers at 2m distance. We will continue to stream the Sunday Eucharist for the time being to ensure those who are shielding or unable to attend can still share with us in worship. You can find the livestream here. Following government guidance there will be changes to our services.
Please read the following carefully to help keep everyone safe:
- There is no access to the carpark. Please heed government advice regarding travel by public transport.
- You are strongly advised to arrive EARLY for mass - doors will open half an hour before the service begins, and we will ask people to fill the North aisle seating first.
- On arrival please adhere to social distancing, enter by the South Door and wait to be directed to a seat by a sidesperson.
- Your order of service will be on your seat with a contact details form and a pen. Please put the completed form and pen in the box by the door when leaving. We are required to keep these for 21 days to assist NHS Test and Trace.
- Communion will be brought to worshippers in their seats. The hosts will be in a covered container and the clergy will sanitise their hands before distribution. Communion is in one kind only.
- Singing is not permitted.
- Government advice does not require the wearing of a face covering or mask during worship, but people may wear one if they wish.
- There is no access to the toilets.
- The children's area is closed and there is no Junior Church for the time being.
- At the end of the service, stewards will direct your safe exit from the building. There will be no refreshments and everyone is asked to leave promptly.
We must all follow the government guidance for social distancing and safety; this is particularly the case for those who are more vulnerable. If you are shielding, we ask you to please wait until you are advised the risk factor is lower to attend services.
If you or a member of your household have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you are feeling in any way unwell, you must not attend services.
You may wish to consider coming to mass on Sunday at 8.00am instead of 10.30 am, or coming to evening prayer at 5 00pm in the Rest Garden. The early mass and evening prayer should be quieter and may be better for people who are particularly anxious about the need for social distancing, or who would prefer to gather in a smaller congregation. If the church risks becoming too full to worship in a Covid-safe way, you may be asked to come back for mass at a later time.
In order for us to prepare the building for our first Sunday masses, the planned morning opening on Saturday 4th has been cancelled: there is no private prayer in church this week, as we start to return to our normal service times.
We will live stream a short video from church tomorrow at 12 noon, to illustrate these points and show show the inside of the building. Watch here.