Covid-19Our parish safety response to the pandemic
SERVICES UPDATE UNDER LOCKDOWN 3:
Online services will continue every week – via a link emailed each Sunday at 7.45am.
To receive the link click ‘About Us’ above and then ‘Subscribe to Magazine’ to get the online service link plus a midweek news magazine from the church.
LOCKDOWN 3 SERVICE FIREBREAK!
St.Mary’s remains open each day from 9.00am to 3.30pm for private prayer.
The PCC have extended our voluntary ‘firebreak’ in hosting live services
for the rest of January.
Hence there will be no Sunday or midweek services in St.Mary’s or our parish’s churches on
Sundays 17th, 24th & 31st January.
It is confirmed that this also applies to St.Luke’s on 24th January.
The PCC will review this in the light of the trends and pressures upon the QA Hospital at the end of January. It is the hope of the staff team and PCC to host live worship again in February – to be confirmed.
We’re very sorry about this but a live service firebreak, although not required by law, seems to be an appropriate response whilst the new strain of Covid-19 is so virulent and the pressure on our hospitals is so critical.
Let us pray for the hospital staff and all under such intolerable pressure at this time.
In the meantime grace and peace to you as we continue this new year at Home.
Let us be a church at prayer for our community and the world…
Our priority is to keep you safe.
In all Tier levels the church has permission to host acts of worship alongside weddings and funerals. On each occasion our priority is to keep you as safe as we can by adhering to all the Covid-19 guidelines for gatherings in church.
We’ve been pleased to host live worship when Tiers allow during the pandemic. In this we’re grateful for the adhering to rules which has enabled our gatherings to be safe as well as profound and moving. In hosting live worship our priority remains to keep you safe.
In Tiers 2, 3 and 4:
- Churches can open for public worship, so long as the Covid-secure number is not exceeded, social distancing is practised and face-coverings worn.
- Those attending cannot interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble.
Covid-19 Safety Team
A Churchwarden and the St.Mary’s Administrator/Verger are our parish Covid-19 Officers. Please contact the Parish Office if you have any questions.
The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted every part of life. We have worked to maintain the integrity of the life and work of the church at all stages of the pandemic in keeping with the advice of the Government in force at the time. Throughout the pandemic we have maintained an online Magazine and also online Sunday Worship for the whole parish as key ways to keep in touch whilst also holding our community together in prayer and fellowship. Whilst, for those not able to access online activity, our small groups networks and pastoral volunteers have kept in touch with others by phone whilst and the occasional magazines which have been safely published and distributed.
The Parochial Church Council have two Covid-19 Officers – those through whom all our risk assessments and special conditions are passed and checked to be in keeping with the law and the policy of the PCC with respect to all of our buildings and activities.
When not in the strictest lockdown we have sought to open both our church and our lettable buildings for the wider wellbeing of people in the community. Be that in the meeting of their particular groups or clubs, or for individual prayer or worship in St.Mary’s Church.
We have worked to ensure that all our venues operate within the guidelines whilst erring on the side of caution in order to keep visitors safe to the best of our ability.
Before being open for an event each of our buildings is required to have:
- A Covid-19 Risk Assessment (enacted with regard to numbers in the premises, social distancing, hygiene materials, notices and labelled one way systems, cleaning of seats and surfaces, track and trace information stations, wearing of masks and spare masks, stewarding etc).
- A list of Special Conditions which apply to the use of the building.
- Each user group must provide their own Risk Assessment for their activity in keeping with the building and in enacting the Special Conditions, especially if refreshments are to be served.
With all of these measures, when allowed, we seek to host appropriate acts of worship and prayer; or host funerals and weddings. All of our activities have been simplified in terms of length and content. Hence, if you would like to attend any of our published activities or Christmas Services etc (should they be allowed to go ahead), then we hope that you will feel confident to join us in the light of the measures we have taken to keep you safe.