UPDATE – St Mary Magdalene will be open for individual prayer three mornings a week (Mon, Wed and Fri) from 10am until 12 noon beginning on Monday 22nd June. We will be following strict social distancing rules and to ensure that we can keep the building safe and clean we will only be using the central part of the church. If necessary we may have to restrict the number of people that can be in the building at any one time There will be hand sanitisers at the entrance which will need to be used and face masks will be available if people want to use them.
The following are the guidelines issued by the Church of England for the limited reopening of church buildings:
Phase 1 An initial immediate phase allowing very limited access to church buildings for activities such as recording or streaming of services or private prayer by an Incumbent or an appointed person in their own parish, so long as the necessary hygiene and physical distancing precautions are taken.
Phase 2 Subsequently access for some rites and ceremonies when allowed by law, observing appropriate physical distancing and hygiene precautions.
Phase 3 Worship services with limited congregations meeting, when Government restrictions are eased to allow this.
- We are following Government guidance for the safety of our nation as a whole
- This is important because Covid-19 is highly contagious and can be transferred by touching surfaces as well as by person to person contact
- Whilst until recently our church buildings have had to be closed this does not mean that the church is closed: God’s people are still serving their communities, but we are doing it in some new ways