We are delighted to announce that St. Mary’s will be open for private prayer from Sunday 5th July. This will be on Sundays from 2 – 4pm, and on Wednesdays from 10am – 12 noon.
We have worked hard to ensure that everyone who comes into our building will feel welcomed and be safe, but this does mean that things will look a little different, and there are some guidelines we are asking you to follow.
Our private prayer area will be every other row of pews in the centre and side aisles.
The pews are marked out and we would ask that you go into the pew, rather than sit on the end. There is a one-way system in place – please enter by the side door and leave by the tower door, keeping your distance from anyone you have to pass. Our team of volunteer welcomers will be on hand to help.
In order to ensure as little disruption as possible, as people come into church they will be given a sheet of paper, which they will be asked to leave on the seat when they leave. The welcomers will ask those entering not to sit near places marked with a sheet of paper. At the end of the session the welcomers will clean the areas where people have sat. This will help to keep the church quiet during prayer and not distract those who are praying.
Our guidelines are:
- If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, most notably a high temperature, a persistent new cough, a loss of taste or smell, we ask that you don’t come to visit us at church: instead please look after yourself at home: call NHS 111 and follow their advice.
- Use the hand sanitiser on entering and leaving
- Follow the one-way system, and follow the social distancing advice
- Do not pass the no entry signs
- Do not touch any surfaces if you can avoid doing so.
- On leaving please continue to follow the one-way system.
All public worship is still suspended and all regular church services and groups, remain on hold until further notice.
Thank you for your help in continuing to look after and care for each other; if you know of anyone who needs help, please let the church office know. Our main aims are to keep people safe, and continue to provide spiritual, pastoral and practical support to our community.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change… Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46 : 1-2, 10)
Please stay safe and look after each other, and check back here regularly for updates.