Worship Onsite – COVID Spring 2022

On Site Worship Arrangements

from February 24th 2022

These protocols have been considered and revised in light of the national lifting of COVID restrictions.

MEANWHILE WE DO RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE ATTENDING SERVICES AND EVENTS IN THE CHURCH BUILDINGS WEARS A MASK UNLESS MEDICALLY EXEMPT.

The Bishop of London has responded to the lifting of restrictions with thanks for all that everyone has done in large and small ways throughout the pandemic. Each of us has played their part and we give thanks that our nation is moving from pandemic to endemic conditions. She writes,

“Although the legal restrictions are being lifted, there may be good reason for us to take some measures as individuals and as local churches. I am conscious that some people with medical conditions will be more fearful now that compulsory isolation for those who are likely to be infectious is ending and we should not lose our focus on the most vulnerable”

As I said in the Epiphany sermons our worship is when we draw near to the light of God and let it shine on us, and warm us, and change us. We need to rest in God’s arms trusting in God’s grace to hold and save us. Here is where we find anew our identity as daughters and sons of God, unique, and immensely loved. At times of turmoil, such as we face in the Ukraine now, we turn again to the unchanging God who holds all things in his arms.

We want everyone who attends worship both to be and to feel safe in our buildings so that we can worship in confidence, trust, and joy. In line with many churches, locally and nationally, we therefore recommend that you continue to wear a face covering (mask) in church unless you are exempt.

We will continue to offer the choice of distanced or free seating in all buildings.

St Mary’s Kidlington: From 27th February all the seats in the central nave will be free seating. The seats on the raised wooden platform in the south aisle will be socially distanced and the area in the crossing (behind the altar) will be set aside for those who wish to maintain both distance and mask wearing. Entry by the small south door (priests door) gives immediate and quiet access to this area. Choir numbers are now unrestricted but the choir will refrain from processional singing through the congregation.

We encourage everyone to use hand sanitiser on entry and exit to the building, and before taking communion.

Felicity