Worship in Church
Changes to services arrangements
There will be a single Eucharist service in the parish starting at 10am - in St Luke’s Church on first, third and fifth Sundays and in
St John’s Church on second and fourth Sundays.
The monthly Children’s Service will be held on the third Sunday in St John’s church at 9am.
Masks and Hand Sanitiser
In light of the current national situation, face coverings are now a legal requirement in places of worship (apart from those who
are exempt) sanitiser will continue to be freely available.
Seating and Altars
Seating will be restored to pre-pandemic layouts. In St Luke’s church, two rows of socially spaced pews will be sited at the west
end facing the altar for people who remain nervous and the nave altar will be moved down to its original site in the nave. In St
John’s church, there will be approximately 75 chairs in the nave.
Service Books, Hymn Books and Hymn singing
Parish service booklets will be used. These may be picked up when entering a church and after a service left on either a table at
the back of a church or on seats for collection later in the week.
Both choir and congregation will be able to sing hymns with use of masks. Initially, there will be three hymns in each service –
during the Offertory, Communion and at the end. The Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei will also be sung.
Reading Sheets and Notices
The red reading sheets are being ordered for use in both churches and may be collected on entry to a church. Notices will be
printed on the back of the reading sheets.
Normally only the New Testament Reading and Gospel will be used during a Eucharist service.
Use of nods and/or waves will continue to be an acceptable form of greeting.
Offertory Processions to bring up the elements will not take place.
A plate or basket will be taken round all people attending a service for collections including yellow envelopes by a steward
wearing a mask.
Only the bread will be distributed to members of the congregation.
Communicants will be invited to form a socially distanced queue to receive the bread from a priest wearing a mask standing at
the front of the nave. Stewards will guide communicants to the queue.
Post-service refreshments using washable crockery will be provided, outside in good weather, otherwise inside with a one-way
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